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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bison Roundup At Antelope Island

If you would like to participate in the annual Bison Roundup on Antelope Island, you need to make your plans now.

The roundup will take place Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011. New this year, Antelope Island State Park will host a Roundup Reunion Thursday, October 27.

The park provided the information below:

Great Basin Bison Roundup
Join us for the 25th Annual Bison Roundup, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011. Volunteer wranglers will saddle-up and move the park's herd of 600 free-roaming bison from the southern tip of the Island to the bison corrals on the northern end of the island. The best viewing opportunities are from the East Shore Road. Watch as horsemen and women move the herd across the island.

New this year, join us for a Roundup Reunion Thursday, October 27.

On November 4 and 5, watch as veterinarians and state park wildlife biologists weigh, vaccinate and conduct various health tests on each bison to determine the herd's health. In order to keep the herd at a healthy number that the island can sustain, approximately 200 bison will be sold at a public auction in mid-November.

Money generated by the sale of bison goes into the wildlife management program for operating costs, habitat improvement projects, research and data collection, and infrastructure development of the bison corrals.

Roundup Reunion
Join us for the Great Bison Roundup Reunion Thursday, October 27, 2011 at historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park. Register now!

We're planning a great day of range riding, a Dutch oven dinner, live and silent auctions, music and memories.

Full Schedule of Events
  • Dutch Oven Dinner by Moon Dogs Cafe - Delicious Western fare and a special children's menu. Register Online Now!
  • To donate items for the silent auction, please contact Robin Watson-Christianson at robinwatson@utah.gov
  • To submit photos from previous Bison Roundups, please contact Robin Watson-Christianson at robinwatson@utah.gov . All donations are tax deductible and proceeds go toward landscaping and rehabilitation of natural areas at Fielding Garr Ranch.
  • Artist Larry Nielson created this beautiful work of art, which you may bid on at the silent auction.

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