2015-10-25. Wanted: Bison Herders for an Annual Roundup in Utah. Tenderfoots Welcome.

posted Oct 26, 2015, 2:50 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 2:51 PM ]
By Julie Turkewitz, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 2. Excerpt: ...Antelope Island is a rugged, salt-ringed expanse just an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, and its eastern shore faces the city’s twinkling skyline. The island’s bison are the descendants of 12 animals transported by boat to the island in 1893 by frontiersmen who sought to protect a few of the endangered animals — and turn a profit — by creating a hunting reserve for the wealthy. By 1926, it cost $300 to shoot one of the animals — the equivalent of about $4,000 today. Today, about 775 bison are on the island, making them one of the oldest and largest publicly owned bison herds in the nation. And the island is now a state park teeming with native creatures, including pronghorn antelope. Park rangers began the roundup and auction in 1986 to ensure that the animals did not overrun the island. Pulling a move from Tom Sawyer, officials billed the task as entertainment, and began inviting the public to help....  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/us/wanted-bison-herders-for-an-annual-roundup-in-utah-tenderfoots-welcome.html