Congratulations to the Pit River Tribe for the addition of its first crop of buffalo calves. The above image is what appears to be a buffalo at the White Mountain Petroglyphs in Wyoming. Wherever they walked the buffalo were a treasured creature. It is only the folly of the attempt to exterminate them from the plains and Rocky Mountains that turned a sea of buffalo to a nearly extinct species. Buffalo were considered varmints in Wyoming until the 1950s. Up until that time a rancher could "protect" his or her herd by killing buffalo on their grazing areas. Buffalo are not as docile or easy to ranch as cattle but they are a better fit for the environment than cattle and sheep. As more tribes attempt to restore the buffalo and more ranchers see the economic benefits we may yet again see herds of some size. Every great endeavor starts with modest beginnings. Every small step in the right direction is a blessing.
Terry A. Del Bene
Writer- "Have Words, Will Travel"