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Conservation

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0024
Conservation

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Andy Hodge was the first superintendent of the National Bison Range, the first refuge created specifically to prevent wild bison from becoming extinct. Conservation then was mostly a matter of making sure the few animals that remained were not lost to poachers. Samuel Walking Coyote wasn't the first man to keep calves and sell bison. As early as 1870 a few men had captured a few calves and let them breed. In those days, private ownership was the bison's best chance for survival. At the National Bison Range, success in the first stage of conserving bison eventually brought the welcome problem of too many bison. More than 90 percent of the bison in North America today are undergoing domestication.

Keywords: Andy Hodge; poaching; bison conservation; Samuel Walking Coyote; private ownership; National Bison Range; North America; domestication

Chapter.  6803 words. 

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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