Big day in Bison world! We tranquilized two bison, the
dominant female Romanita and the big boy Birk, to put GPS collars to track the
movements of the herd once they are released to the wild. Let us take you
through a quick recap of the day’s activities in photo montages!
The bison had been locked in the feeding enclosure since the
day before, and Danu went to lure the bison with promises of food, as the team
prepared the activities and went over the strategies for the tranquilization.
After the team picked the male and female bison eligible for
tranquilization and collaring, we made sure to try the collar in one of our own
as practice… Whether we also tried the tranquilizing dart we will not reveal
Romanita was the first to be take the dart, followed by
Birk. The two tranquilized bison were under close scrutiny of the team, while
we waited for the drugs to take effect.
The team of vets decided to give the big Birk a second dose
of the drug, while Danu lead the remaining bison out of the enclosure. The
other male, Ulysse, decided to stay behind, but after a stand-off with Joep,
said goodbye to his sleeping mates and left with the rest of the herd.
The team did quick work on Birk and strapped the GPS collar
around his neck, but Romanita got tired of waiting and decided to take a hike
while the team was still working on installing the collar. Thus, she had to get
shot to sleep again for the team to tighten the collar around her neck and
finish taking the blood samples.
Meanwhile, the other bison gathered around the fence, and it
was under the watchful eye of people and bison that our two stars of the day
came back to life, still with towels wrapped around their horns.
Joep came to the rescue, capturing the flag and saving the
princess… or whatever…
Our two star bison are healthy and collared, and
congratulations are in order to our team, who did a tremendous job today! We’re
all looking forward to keeping an eye on where these two beasts of the wild are
going when they are released… Keep in touch!
Until next time, cheers from the bison hillock!
by Tiago Miguel