Raising Orphans

How Do I Raise A Pet Bison?

I am going to buy a bison as a pet but before I do I need to get all the information I can on raising, caring, etc. Can you help me?
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Managing Very Young Bison Calves

By: Vern Anderson, Dale Burr, Tim Schroeder, Chris Kubal, and Eric Bock Carrington Research Extension Center North Dakota State University
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Training American Bison (Bison bison) Calves

This article describes how a group of bison calves were trained to remain calm in the handling facility. The calves were conditioned by rewarding them for good behaviour and by exposing them to novel experiences. The training made the calves easier to move…
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Bringing Up Baby

This spring we were triply blessed with a set of triplet bison calves. Actually it was something of a mixed blessing getting three heifer calves and then being confined to the ranch with the numerous feedings. We have some experience working with abandoned…
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Feeding Orphans

Every year a few newborn calves need to be bottle raised. Here are a few tips on how this can be successful on your farm.
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Orphan Bison Calf - June 2003

We have an abandoned twin that we have been bottle feeding for about a week and she is doing fine. We're using the bison replacer which she seems to be doing well on. It is rather work intensive for our lifestyle and we have had a neighbor offer to take he…
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Abandoned Calf - June 2001

Two weeks ago we were blessed with twin buffy calves. Predictably, Momma Bison abandoned one. We decided to intervene - as a pack of coyotes were on-site and ready for lunch. Ernie made a stunning capture - using a large fish net. We have been bottle-feedi…
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