An important event occurred this weekend at the Antelope Island State Park in Utah. Their large bison herd was displayed for the public on Saturday, October 22. The event happens every year and allows visitors to watch the mighty animals. The herd owned by the park in Utah is considered to be the oldest and largest of its kind.
Antelope Island State Park hosted its thirtieth annual bison herd display. Workers riding strong horses drove the animals to vet clinics, where they will receive vaccines. Specialists will also check other information and their health status, as part of the animals’ yearly checkup. The riders started early in the morning so that they made sure they could complete the task in due time.
There are hundred of individuals in the bison hers at the Antelope Island State Park. Moreover, hundreds of people also gathered to see them displayed, as they do it every year. Both adults and children enjoyed seeing the animals, which stand as a symbol of the American fields.
Officials from the Antelope Island State Park keep track not only on their animals but also on the number of visitors that come to see them. According to their latest statistics, it seems like this years’ edition of the event brought them the most numerous public in all of the thirty years of tradition.
The annual display of the bison herd means that the animals are moved across the island to get their medical checkup done. The task is tiresome for both the animals and the rangers in charge of moving the bison. After the tiring journey, the animals can rest for a couple of days. Only afterward will they be seen by the veterinarians. The medical investigations on the bison are due to this week.
There are approximately seven hundred bison individuals at Antelope Island State Park. Staff members at the park explain that almost two hundred calves are born each year. However, managers also intend to keep a certain number of the animals. This is why checkups also help them decide which individuals should be kept and which ones sold.
The Antelope Island State Park sells about two hundred bison every year. However, they believe they will sell almost three hundred of them this year. They explain that the terrible heat of the summer caused wildfires which destroyed the grass, so the animals don’t have many food resources left.
Would you like to see such a numerous bison herd?
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