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Wind Cave to Celebrate Its Relationship with Bison

FILE: Buffalo, Bison
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HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its relationship with the American bison.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the last of the bison native to the area was killed in 1881, more than two decades before Wind Cave was declared a national park in 1903.

Ten years later, 14 bison were shipped by rail from the Bronx Zoo in New York to Hot Springs, and then by truck and wagon to the park.

Today, park staff manages a herd of about 450 bison. The park also has helped start herds in other parks and tribal areas.

Events including a hike, a concert, and an arts and crafts fair are planned Friday and Saturday at the park and in Hot Springs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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