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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Bison Management 13

Checking a Bison

Checking a Bison

NPS Photo

In the early years, bison were identified with metal eartags. Along with the eartag number, the animal's age, gender, weight, height, vaccination data and test results were documented. In the mid-1980's, all previous bison data was entered into a computer database. Data was recorded by hand during the roundup, and then manually entered into the database. This was time consuming, and in the event of a bison loosing an eartag, the corresponding data was lost.

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Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.