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Worker Bison come to La Porte City

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You've heard of worker bees, but what about a herd of worker bison?

It's a new reality at Hickory Hills Park Wildlife Sanctuary near La Porte City.

The song goes, 'Give me a home where the buffalo roam,' and that's what park rangers are doing for buffalo, elk, and goats.

South Unit Park Ranger, Al Finke, says bison, elk and goats are eating invasive plants like multi-flora rose, honeysuckle and poison ivy.

"Those areas we're working on doing some brush cleaning, it gets all the dangerous stuff out of there and gives us some visibility underneath, and it fills their bellies while we're at it," Finke said.

Those areas include a new enclosure for bison and elk, and a movable electric fence for goats.

"We're putting those animals in here to turn that area back to the Savannah-type area that it was," Finke said.

These big furry animals may look like gentle giants, but park rangers remind you to respect their space.

"They do appear to be very docile, but they are pointed on one end, and they can hurt you. Keep your pets away from them. As much as your dog might want to come see the buffalo, the buffalo aren't interested in your dog," Finke said.

Two additional bison were brought in from a wildlife refuge in Prairie City, bringing the herd to 12.

Plans are also in the works to trade animals this spring.


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