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Yellowstone National Park - Buffalo Ranch

 

Location of sign - US 212 in Lamar Valley near Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park

 

Photo taken June 2008

Buffalo Ranch, Buffalo Ranch sign, Yellowstone National Park  

Close-up view of sign

 

Buffalo Ranch, Buffalo Ranch sign, Yellowstone National Park

Wide view of sign

 

Text of sign:

 

Buffalo Ranch

 

Imagine Lamar Valley without Bison.  In the 1880s poachers almost exterminated Yellowstone's native bison herd.  Fewer than 40

animals survived; none survived in Lamar Valley.  

 

To save bison from extinction, park managers brought in outside herds in 1902 to interbreed eventually with the few remaining

animals.  Lamar buffalo ranch - the cluster of buildings across the road - was started in 1907.  The ranching operation was gradually

phased out and ended in 1952, though herds were thriving in the park long before.

 

Over time, wildlife management policies - raising bison like domestic cattle, for example - may appear misguided.  Hindsight is 

cheap; attitudes toward animals and wilderness have changed in the past and will change again.  For now, Yellowstone's estimated

2000 bison are a free-roaming herd migrating seasonally in and out of Lamar Valley.

 

The buildings now serve as a ranger station and the summer home of the Yellowstone Institute.

 

Graphics on the sign

 

In addition to the text there is a picture of Buffalo Ranch pointing out the location of the bunkhouses, the barn that sheltered hay and

horses used in the roundup, and the Buffalo Ranch's keeper residence.  An inset photo shows a buffalo roundup.

 

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