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Anybody want a bison? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has three up for auction; deadline is Feb. 10

The Kentucky Department of Parks is auctioning three bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. The cow, heifer and bull are being sold in one lot. The deadline for sealed bids is Feb. 10. This heifer is one of the three up for auction Bids should include your name, address and daytime telephone number. A $100 deposit is required with all bids (check or money order); deposit check returned to all...

Salato Wildlife Center reopens Friday; popular family destination has two newly renovated exhibits

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort reopens on Friday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates the Salato Wildlife Center as part of its mission to educate the public about the state’s native wildlife. The facility offers viewing opportunities for a variety of wildlife, including a bear, eagle, bobcats, deer, bison, birds of prey and more. To mark the occasion...

Kentucky State Parks accepting bids for sale of three pair of bison from Big Bone Lick through Feb. 19

The Kentucky Department of Parks is accepting bids on six bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Union. The bison are being sold in three groups of two.  The department is accepting sealed bids on the three lots through noon, Feb. 19, 2018. For questions and plans to see the bison, contact Paul Simpson at the park in Boone County at 859-384-3522 or email paul.simpson@ky.gov Bids must include...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company

Get a better look at history with a visit to the Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison Company, located in Goshen in Oldham County, where the buffalo still roam. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Once upon a time, American bison was free-ranging native Kentucky species

During Kentucky’s pioneer era, longhunters and early explorers feasted on buffalo steaks and roasts. Herds were vast and had a significant impact on the land, grazing down vegetation as they traveled, and creating an extensive network of wide trails throughout the state. Many of Kentucky’s buffalo trails served as primitive roads for early explorers, and eventually became state and federal highways...

Want to buy a bison? Big Bone Lick park has two calves for sale, sealed bids accepted through Feb. 29

The Kentucky Department of Parks is offering two bison calves for sale by auction. The department is accepting sealed bids on the two male calves at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Feb. 15 through noon, Feb. 29. The calves were born in April and July of 2015. The department is accepting sealed bids on the two male calves at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Feb. 15 through noon, Feb. 29. The calves...