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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where the buffalo now roam: Local ranchers help put them on the comeback trail

A photograph taken in the mid-1870s shows a pile of American bison skulls waiting to be ground into fertilizer. A lucrative market for the meat, fur, hide and even bones of American bison began in the early 1800s; the U.S. government further encouraged the slaughter of these animals as a way of undermining Native American peoples who relied on bison for food and clothing.