Bison calves born north of Fort Collins

Posted at 10:44 AM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 12:46:01-04

Two bison calves were recently born near Fort Collins, heralding their species' recognition as America's national mammal.

The Coloradoan reports that the calves were born May 6 and May 10, bookending President Barack Obama's signature on the National Bison Legacy Act last Monday.

According to Colorado State University, the calves are the first America bison born on the public lands owned by Fort Collins and Larimer County in 150 years. They are part of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation herd, which was released near the Colorado-Wyoming border in November 2015.

The young bison at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space bring the herd's head count to 12.

The calves are the product of natural breeding and fathered by genetically pure bison owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.