31 Utah bison headed for the Book Cliffs

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State officials this week are taking the final steps toward restoring bison to the Book Cliffs, a remote and rugged area in eastern Utah where bison images appear on ancient rock art and skulls have been found in the fossil records.

”We’re bringing them back to their native range,” said Dax Magnus, a wildlife biologist for the state Division of Wildlife Resources.

Eventually, state officials expect the Book Cliffs herd to grow to around 450. That would make Utah which already has one herd managed by an American Indian tribe and two herds controlled by the state among the West’s leaders in the number of wild bison roaming within its borders.



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