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South Dakota Bison Find New Home in Arizona

Officials hope the Wind Cave herd's pure genetic line will strengthen the Arizona population.

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Northern Arizona’s Raymond Wildlife Area is set to welcome a herd of bison from South Dakota’s Wind Cave area. The Wind Cave animals come from a population with an undiluted genetic line–unlike Arizona’s bison, which have cattle genes. Arizona Game and Fish officials hope the new herd will improve the population’s sustainability.