Submitted by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes
It’s that time of year again. Bison at the Elk and Bison Prairie and the South Bison Range are starting to have their calves!
Three calves were born at the Elk and Bison Prairie over the weekend. One calf was born at the South Bison Range, across from the Homeplace 1850’s Working Farm and Living History Museum. A second calf was born there today (Tuesday, April 14, 2015).
These calves are the first of many to come. Most bison calves on Land Between The Lakes will be born during the months of April and May, with a few more arriving later in the year.
Cautious mothers have been keeping their calves somewhat separate from the herd. Once the little calves can get around better in a week or so, they will be brought in with the herd. This is for their own protection as they need to be more quick and attentive to prevent themselves from being accidentally injured by other herd members during each day’s normal movements and scuffles.