The United States Forest Service announced Friday that it will hold a virtual bison auction beginning Saturday at Land Between the Lakes. The auction is an attempt to reduce the size of bison herds in the recreation area.
Bidding will begin Saturday and end at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Around 42 bison will be sold in the each. Each bison will be sold separately to the highest bidder, according to a press release.
The sale will include:
- 14 heifer and 8 bull calves born in 2020
- 4 breeding age cows born in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2018 (3 tested are pregnant)
- 9 heifers and 6 bull yearlings born in 2019
- 1 bull born 2018
Prospective bidders can view the auction and preliminary details at bison.gesture.com. The forest service urges bidders to view the photos, videos and other information before online as there will be no in-person previews of the animals.
Each animal will be tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis prior to the auction. The forest service said buyers are responsible for knowing the import regulations in their home state.
“Due to the size and temperament of bison, closed-topped trailers or vehicles are required to transport bison,” the forest service said in a statement. “Once bison step off the loading chute and into a buyer’s trailer, the animal becomes the property and responsibility of the buyer.”
Two different herds of bison are managed at LBL. All bison bloodlines at the recreation area originated from three sources: In 1969 from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota; in 1988 and 2012 from Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska; and in 1996 from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
For more information call 270-924-2061.