American Bison and Pronghorn
The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.
As president, Theodore Roosevelt created Montana’s National Bison Range and Oklahoma’s Wichita Game Preserve in which bison were released. This and subsequent efforts brought the bison back from the brink of extinction.
Theodore Roosevelt witnessed the bison’s decline firsthand as a rancher in what is now North Dakota. Once numbering in the tens of millions, the bison population fell to about 1,000 in the 1880s. The animals had been slaughtered wholesale for their meat and hides.