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Bison of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Bison of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

A bison rests at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge located in southwestern Oklahoma near Lawton. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was important in saving the American buffalo from extinction. In 1907 the American Bison Society transported 15 buffalo, six bulls and nine cows, from the New York Zoological Park to the refuge. On arrival, the Comanche leader Quanah Parker and a host of other Indians and Whites turned out to welcome the buffalo. At that time, buffalo had been extinct on the southern Great Plains for 30 years. The buffalo herd now numbers about 650 on the refuge. In fall, buffalo in excess of the carrying capacity of the refuge are rounded up and sold.