Beginning April 2021, DPR will donate surplus bison to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, to return wild bison to their native homes and reintroduce bison to tribal lands. In consultation with DPR’s tribal partners, the Denver American Indian Commission, the Tall Bull Memorial Council and the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the donation of surplus American Bison to American Indian Tribes or American Indian Non-Profit organizations will continue through the year 2030.
DPR recently hosted its 36th annual Bison Auction at Genesee Park, auctioning off young bison from Genesee Park and Daniels Park. This auction historically kept the herd at a healthy population size and promoted genetic diversity within the managed bison population. DPR will no longer conduct the auction but will work with our tribal partners to select tribes across the country that will accept the bison to build and enhance conservation herds on tribal lands.
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