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Bison Auction 2015

December 29, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

A public auction to reduce the size of the bison herds at Land Between The Lakes will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Auction begins at 9am Central Standard Time at the South Bison Range corral. Bidder registration, final sale list, and viewing begin at 8am. Bison purchases may be made with cash, credit card, or personal check at time of bid acceptance.

The South Bison Range corral is located on the west side of Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway (TN 461) approximately 2.75 miles south of the Kentucky/Tennessee state line, and just south of the Homeplace 1850s Farm in Dover, TN. GPS coordinates:  N36° 39’ 2.354” W87° 58’ 39.867”.

The Forest Service will sell approximately 40 bison to the highest bidder, including:
  • 6 cows born 1996-1999
  • 1 cow born in 2009
  • 2 bulls born in 2013
  • 4 cows born in 2014
  • 10 bulls born in 2014
  • 17 calves born in 2015 (genders to be determined during week of auction)
All animals will be tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis by a licensed veterinarian before the auction. Preliminary details regarding the age, sex, and weights of all animals to be sold will be available after Wednesday, January 27, with the final list available at 8am on day of sale. For a preliminary list or any questions, contact Curtis Fowler at 270-924-2061 or email ffowler@fs.fed.us.

Because of the size and temperament, closed-topped trailers or vehicles are required to transport bison. Once bison step off the loading chute and into a buyer’s trailer, the animal becomes the property and responsibility of the buyer. Buyers must load animals immediately following the auction. For an additional fee, arrangements can be made at time of payment to load bison Monday, February 1, 2016.

An on-site veterinarian will issue health certificates as required for interstate transport immediately after the auction. Additional services may be purchased from the on-site veterinarian by cash or check to include vaccinations at time of bid acceptance. Know what vaccinations are required for your state.

Import permits will be available for Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, and North Carolina. Buyers are responsible for knowing import regulations of the home state before purchasing a bison. Some states have specific requirements as to age and vaccinations. If buyers need a different state import permit than listed, contact Curtis Fowler at 270-924-2061 on or before Monday, January 25, for it to be available at time of sale.

Two herds of American Bison are managed at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. All bison bloodlines originated from three sources – in 1969 from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, in 1988 and 2012 from Fort Niobrara National Wildlife refuge in Nebraska, and in 1996 from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature,@LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterest www.pinterest.com/lblnra. Photos are available on Flickr for downloading athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets.

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Elk
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

When exploring the Elk and Bison Prairie in The Land Between The Lakes, it's always exciting to catch a glimpse of a bull like this one!