What have we done to protect bison?



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    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which is a treaty that consists of members from 172 countries, lists wood bison as a species that can be traded commercially only if their survival is not in danger. Unfortunately, plains bison are not protected.

    Defenders of Wildlife has been working on land restoration and has been putting forth effort to increase bison herd numbers. Defenders of Wildlife has been helping the Fort Belknap Reservation bison herd in Montana throughout the years (the herd was started in 1974). This year, Defenders of Wildlife assisted Fort Belknap with buying a lease to provide an additional 7,500 acres of grazing land. The organization is also trying to stop bison from being slaughtered near Yellowstone.

    People can join in by adopting a bison. Here’s a link: https://secure.defenders.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=wagc_bison&s_src=WKY09WDADOPT&s_subsrc=WKY09WDADOPT_factsheet&JServSessionIdr002=nywp926ge4.app20a

    They can also become involved with the Wildlife Action Center. Link: http://www.defenders.org/take_action/index.php

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    Warnings and attempts to protect the bison came as early as 1776, but it was not until 1894 that the first federal legislation protecting these animals was enacted. Killing of bison became punishable by a $1000.00 fine or imprisonment, and the law was strictly enforced. With passage of the bison protection law, game preserves were established that ensured their survival. Today, more than 250,000 bison live in North American in both public and private ownership. On 7/2/70, Wood bison were listed as endangered under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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