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Bison roundup on tap

The public is invited to attend a modern, western roundup from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 when horseback riders move the Antelope Island bison herd from the southern tip of the island, to the handling facility located at the park's northern end. This annual event is an opportunity for the public to see the roundup of one of the nation's largest and oldest public herds.

Visitors may view progress of the riders from the eastside road leading to the Fielding Garr Ranch. A complete and sweeping view of the action is available from a safe distance. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars for a closer view of the animals and handlers.

If necessary, helicopters will be used Oct. 28 to gather any stragglers and complete the roundup. The public can view the helicopter push from the eastside road and from Buffalo Point.

From November 3 through 5, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, visitors may observe as the bison are weighed, blood-tested, inoculated, and scanned. All bison have a microchip implanted behind the ear, which serves as permanent identification and stores the animal's health history.

On Nov. 18 the island's excess bison will be sold in order to keep the bison population within the carrying capacity of the island's available forage. The sale is held at the Antelope Island State Park Bison Corrals. Sale animals may be viewed beginning at 8 a.m. with the sale beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.

For additional sale information, please call Steve Bates at (801) 209-4678.

To reach Antelope Island State Park, take I-15 to exit 332 (Syracuse- Freeport Center) and travel west on Antelope Drive to the entrance station. For more information on fees, contact Antelope Island State Park at (801) 773-2941.

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