Park Proposing To Develop Second Buffalo Pasture

The National Park Service (NPS) is developing an environmental assessment (EA) for establishing an additional pasture for a small herd of bison at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The EA will analyze a proposed bison pasture along U.S. Highway 177 considering park objectives to enhance visitor experience and protect the natural and cultural resources
 
Chickasaw National Recreation Area manages a small herd of 6-10 bison as an interpretive exhibit representing the vast herds of bison that historically roamed the Oklahoma prairies. The bison have been an important part of the cultural landscape and visitor experience since 1920, when three animals were brought to Platt National Park from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Preserve in Lawton, Oklahoma. The bison are one of the main visitor attractions throughout the year. A “Bison Viewpoint” highway pullout provides an easily–accessible area for public viewing. The 1.9-mile Buffalo Pasture Trail along the pasture’s perimeter is popular among visitors and is one of the park’s most-used trails.

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