NW Mo. conservation ranch to add bison herd

HATFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri nature lovers will soon be able to view a herd of bison at a northwestern nature preserve near the Iowa border.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy plans to relocate 30 bison later this year from preserves in South Dakota and Iowa to the Dunn Ranch preserve in Harrison County. Another 30 bison will be added to the preserve in 2012.

The only other bison herd on public conservation land in the state is at Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri.

The northwest Missouri project is designed to restore the natural prairie ecosystem. The animals won’t roam free but instead remain in a fenced enclosure.

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