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The American Prairie Reserve And Buffalo Restoration | Columnists

In summary, wildlife in America is a public resource anchored in our Declaration of Independence and delivered to our generation as a public trust. The same document that declared all men to be free and equal, also declared that we would all share the fish and wildlife of America.

At times, our trustee was negligent in protecting our wildlife resource and citizens formed non-profit organizations to fill the gap. With buffalo, it was quite dramatic. In 1876, unrestrained commercial extremists shipped 80,000 buffalo hides down the Missouri River from Fort Benton. Eight years later, those…

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