- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

AFTON, Minn. (AP) - The grazing habits of North America’s largest mammal are being studied at an eastern Minnesota conservancy.

A herd of 40 bison have arrived for the summer at the Belwin Conservancy in Afton. The nonprofit organization owns 1,400 acres of preserved land in Washington County.

Conservancy executive director Nancy Kafka says the study also involves how the bison interact with the prairie land they once called home before excessive hunting depleted their population. Bison primarily eat grass, weeds and leafy plants and typically forage for 9 to 11 hours a day.

The National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law just last month, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. KMSP-TV (https://bit.ly/1Yov5Mr ) says the herd will be returned to Wisconsin at the end of the summer.


Information from: KMSP-TV, https://www.myfox9.com

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