Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming marks return of buffalo

A young bison's coat is covered with freezing rain which covered everything from animals to windshields as heavy fog covered the foothills west of Denver, Colo., Friday, April 6, 2007. AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin
A young bison's coat is covered with freezing rain which covered everything from animals to windshields as heavy fog covered the foothills west of Denver, Colo., Friday, April 6, 2007. AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin

WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo. (AP) – Members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe are marking the return of buffalo to their reservation in central Wyoming more than a century after the animals were wiped out.

The tribe is holding a ceremony Thursday marking the release of 10 genetically pure buffalo from a federal refuge in Iowa. The National Wildlife Federation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have worked on the project.

Buffalo provided food and shelter to the Eastern Shoshone and other Indian tribes before the vast herds of the animals were slaughtered in the late 1800s.

Jason Baldes leads the buffalo restoration work for the Eastern Shoshone. He says establishing a large buffalo herd on the reservation will allow children there to experience how their ancestors traditionally used the animals and share in their spiritual importance.

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