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Land Between The Lakes Bison Auction Set

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area has scheduled their annual Bison Auction for Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

The USDA Forest Service manages two herds of American Bison at LBL.  Due to annual reproduction, there is a need to remove surplus bison from each herd.  Thinning of the herd is necessary to sustain optimal habitat conditions and animal health.

Bison at Land Between the Lakes.
Bison at Land Between the Lakes.

The bison auction will occur at one location this year.  Bison at the South Bison Range (SBR) will be auctioned at the SBR Corral beginning at 9:00am CST. If heavy rain or snowfall prohibits an on-site auction, the auction will be held across the road at The Homeplace picnic shelter. Bid packages and viewing will be available the morning of the auction beginning at 8:00am.

Approximately 31 bison will be sold at this year’s auction.  An tentative list of animals includes:  6 yearling heifers (born 2010), 2 bulls (born 2009), 5 yearling bulls (born 2010), and a mix of 18 bull and heifer calves (born 2011).

Bison must be paid for in full on the day of the auction.  All animals will be tested for TB and Brucellosis, and certified by a licensed veterinarian. Buyers have the option of vaccinating bison prior to loading by an on-site veterinarian for the following:  Leptospirosis, Blackleg, Pinkeye, respiratory viruses, and worms. The buyer will be required to pay the cost of these vaccinations.

Specific details on the age, sex, and weight of all animals to be sold may be obtained after January 23rd, 2012, by calling 270.924.2065. A final list of sale animals will also be provided at time of sale that will include age, sex, and weight for each respective bison.

All buyers are required to load bison on the day of the auction. Bison may not be loaded into open-top trailers. The Forest Service will assist the buyer in loading their bison, but once bison step off the loading chute and into the buyer’s trailer, they become the property of the buyer and the Forest Service assumes no further responsibility for the animals.  For additional information regarding the bison auction, please contact Curtis Fowler at 270-924-2061.

About Land Between the Lakes

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.  We encourage visitors to review LBL’s official website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, and temporary trail and road closures.

Follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl and on our blog at http://landbetweenthelakes.blogspot.com/. Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is available on our website or by calling 1.800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.

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