Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! Happy National Bison Day!
I posted about our visit to the National Bison Range earlier this year and you can see that recap here. But today’s post is about more than the 350ish residents of the wildlife refuge in Montana…it’s about honoring the estimated half-million American Bison now living in the USA on National Bison Day.
Yes, National Bison Day is actually a thing. Thanks to the persistent lobbying of the Vote Bison Coalition, a resolution was passed by Congress designating the first Saturday of November as National Bison Day. Then in 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law which officially made the Bison our national mammal.
Approximately 20 million bison once roamed the American plains providing sustenance for Native Americans. The Westward expansion of white settlers, ranching and over-hunting drove the species to the brink of extinction. In the early 1900s, there were only a few hundred left.
In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt established The National Bison Range in Northwest Montana. This was the first time federal funds were used to set aside land for the protection of wildlife and marked the birth of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Location: 58355 Bison Range Rd, Charlo, MT 59824
Designation: National Wildlife Refuge
Date designation declared: 5/23/1908
Date of my visit: 6/26/2018
20 thoughts on “The National Bison Range: Happy National Bison Day!”
Teddy was a complicated man, but he sure did a lot to conserve our natural resources.
Another great place to view free-roaming Bison is right in Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota – as I’m sure that you are well aware….
Yes, we haven’t made it to that park yet
Way cool. I hadn’t known we have a national mammal – or that it came about under Obama.
Close encounters with bison at Yellowstone National Park are also well recommmended.
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Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne Wyoming has a bison feeding train ride. I highly recommend it!
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I was not aware of National Bison Day, but am thankful you mentioned it, as I have a post about these amazing animals planned. Thank you!
Thanks! Glad it was helpful!
This is a new one on me too, but the fact that these magnificent creatures have been saved from possible extinction is indeed a matter for celebration.
Yes it is 😀🙏🏻
Love the National Bison Range. We visited in 2017 when the fires were so bad in Montana.
We were lucky…we were in Montana a few months before those fires
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