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Monday, October 06, 2008

Antelope Island Bison Roundup

The public is invited to watch the annual bison roundup on Antelope Island, Oct 22-24, 8 am to 5 pm.

This information is from Utah State Parks: Antelope Island State Park is home to one of the largest and oldest publicly owned bison herds in the United States. Watch horseback riders push the bison herd forward during our annual Bison Roundup. Park staff will be on hand for questions during the Push. Best viewing of the Push is usually along the east side road heading toward the Garr Ranch. The Push will end when all of the animals are in the pasture. For more information, please contact (801) 773-2941.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article on the roundup. Below are excerpts.

Visitors may view the riders and bison from the east-side road leading to the Fielding Garr Ranch. A complete and sweeping view of the action is available from a safe distance. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars for a closer view.

If necessary, helicopters will be used on Saturday, Oct. 25, to gather any stragglers and complete the roundup. The public may view the helicopter push from the east-side road and from Buffalo Point.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, visitors may watch as bison are weighed, blood-tested, inoculated and scanned between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. All bison have a microchip implanted behind the ear, which serves as permanent identification and stores the animal's health history.

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