Bison in the Great Northern Plains are reveling in a 20,000-acre habitat expansion | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: June 22, 2024

Once numbering in the tens of millions, bison populations in North America dwindled to only 325 by 1884. Fortunately, forward-thinking conservationists managed to protect those remaining animals and bring them back up to the 20,000 we see roaming today. And the best thing is that number is expected to increase even further thanks to an ambitious conservation program led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

After years of planning and multiple partnerships with agencies advocating for the return of America’s largest and most iconic mammal, the animal will have an extra 22,000 acres to explore in Badlands National Park, North Dakota.

Over 2,500 WWF donors and those from partner organizations raised nearly $750,000 to build 43 miles of a new fence that extends bison habitat in the park from 57,640 acres to 80,193 acres. The effort will help bison across the region and help the iconic species continue to come back from near extinction.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Could “antivitamins” be the cure to antibiotic resistance?

The first naturally-occurring bacteria killer, penicillin, was discovered nearly a century ago and with it came the advent of a new class of medicines: ...

Read More

Pittsburgh will become a dark sky city in 2022

Anyone who lives in a big city knows that stars are a rare sight due to light pollution, but that may soon change in ...

Read More

5 simple yet profound ways to make the world a better place today

The word activism can bring up images of aggression and vehemence, but it turns out that activism can be practiced in gentle ways, too. ...

Read More

Removable solar panels might soon be rolled out on railway tracks

Solar panels are being laid out "like carpet" across Swiss train rails as part of the country's renewable energy initiative. Swiss startup company Sun-Ways ...

Read More