Land Between The Lakes to hold Bison Auction February 2nd
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area has scheduled their annual Bison Auction for Saturday, February 2nd, 2013.
The USDA Forest Service manages two herds of American Bison at LBL. Due to annual reproduction, there is a need to remove surplus bison from each herd. Thinning of the herd is necessary to sustain optimal habitat conditions and animal health.
The bison auction will occur at one location this year. Bison at the Elk & Bison Prairie (EBP) will be auctioned at the EBP Corral beginning at 9:00am CST. If heavy rain or snowfall prohibits an on-site auction, the auction will be held at the LBL Administrative Office. Bid packages and viewing will be available the morning of the auction beginning at 8:00am.
Approximately 37 bison will be sold at this year’s auction including 5 yearling heifers (born 2011), 11 yearling bulls, 2 cows born in 2009, and a mix of 19 bull and heifer calves (born 2012).
Bison must be paid for in full on the day of the auction. All animals will be tested for TB and Brucellosis, and certified by a licensed veterinarian. Buyers have the option of vaccinating bison prior to loading by an on-site veterinarian for the following: Leptospirosis, Blackleg, Pinkeye, respiratory viruses, and worms. The buyer will be required to pay the cost of these vaccinations.
Specific details regarding the age, sex, and weight of all animals to be sold may be obtained after January 31st, by calling Curtis Fowler at 270.924.2061. A final list of sale animals will also be provided at sale time and will include weight, age, and sex for each respective bison.
All buyers are required to load bison on the day of the auction. Bison may not be loaded into open-top trailers. The Forest Service will assist the buyer in loading their bison, but once bison step off the loading chute and into the buyer’s trailer, they become the property of the buyer and the Forest Service assumes no further responsibility for the animals.
Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy.
Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional information, or call 800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000. Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes.