?t?r? w?? made M?nd?? wh?n th? f?r?t wild b???n w?? b?rn in Ill?n??? in about tw? centuries.
“Th?? was ?u?t? th? ?ur?r???,” ???d C?d? C?n??d?n?, r??t?r?t??n ecologist ?t th? 3,500-acre N??hu?? Gr???l?nd?, a ?r??r?? r??t?r?t??n ?r?j??t n??r Fr?nkl?n Gr?v?, ?b?ut 95 m?l?? w??t ?f Ch???g?.
W?rk?r? ?t N??hu?? knew that ??m? of th? 30 b???n th?t ?rr?v?d ?t N??hu?? fr?m an Iowa preserve late l??t year w?r? ?r?gn?nt, but th??? animals were ?x???t?d t? g?v? birth ?t th? ?nd ?f M??.
But, wh?l? Nachusa Grasslands Pr?j??t Director B?ll Kl??m?n was g?v?ng a tour Monday morning t? fr??nd? fr?m W????n??n, one ?f th?m n?t???d the calf, Considine said. Kleiman gr?bb?d a ???r of binoculars ?nd ??nf?rm?d it, C?n??d?n? ???d.
“From a historical standpoint, th?? h??n’t h????n?d in Ill?n??? ?n ?b?ut 200 ???r?,” h? said.
Sport hunt?ng ?nd m??? ?l?ught?r nearly w???d ?ut bison b? th? ??rl? 1900?, conservation gr?u?? say. …