Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Syracuse - The public is invited to attend a modern, western roundup from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31 and if necessary, Sunday, November 1 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 the riders and bison 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.

From November 6 through November 8 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 Saturday, November 14 the excess bison will be sold in order to keep the 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 as early as 8 a.m. with the sale beginning at 10 a.m. sharp. For additional sale information, please call Steve Bates at (801) 209-4678.

Food, drink, and memorabilia, such as t-shirts and sweatshirts, are available for purchase throughout the Bison Roundup. 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. Park fees are $9 per vehicle or $3 for bicyclists and walk-ins. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

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