2 Feb 2009, 4:44pm
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Bison herd breaks loose

By LAUREN DONOVAN, Bismarck Tribune, Jan 31, 2009 [here]

SELFRIDGE - Bob Waliser watched a small group of bison run up the gravel road and pointed to a young thin cow whose backside was streaked in red.

“See the blood? If she has to run again, she probably won’t make it,” he said.

For weeks, Waliser and other Selfridge area landowners have been seeing renegade, possibly starving bison, crashing fences and running loose into their yards, hay yards and pastures.

At least 500 bison have moved north out of an 18-mile stretch of pasture that runs along Highway 6 between McLaughlin, S.D., and Selfridge.

The animals are part of a 6,000-head herd belonging to the vast Wilder Ranch that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota state line, part of a corporation owned by Maurice Wilder of Clearwater, Fla.

According to the Environmental Working Group, Wilder was the country’s largest individual recipient of farm subsidies, receiving $3.2 million from 2003 to 2005, as owner of 200,000 agricultural acres. He also owns 10 office buildings in Tampa, Fla., 4,500 mobile home lots and 12,500 recreational vehicle lots. … [more]

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