What Defenders Is Doing to Help Bison
Defenders of Wildlife is helping to find more places for bison to roam wild. In Montana, we’re working with Native American tribes to make room for wild bison on tribal lands, and we’re putting pressure on state and federal agencies to relocate “surplus” Yellowstone bison to start herds in new areas rather than slaughter these bison on the edge of Yellowstone.
Defenders has also been working with landowners in Gardiner Basin near the north entrance to Yellowstone to come up with ways to live with bison that wander outside the park. To date, Defenders has chipped in more than $50,000 for fencing and other related project costs to help restore bison to tribal lands and to allow them to wander safely in Gardiner Basin.
Visit our Species at Risk: Bison to learn more about wheat Defenders is doing to protect bison.
Height: 6-6.5 feet at the shoulder.
Length: 10-12.5 feet.
Weight: 900-2,000 lbs; males are larger than females.
Lifespan: 18-22 years in the wild; over 30 years in captivity.