North Dakota white bison dies of injuries from ravine fall
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown says the herd’s white bull bison has died from injuries suffered in an accidental fall into a ravine.
Dakota Miracle was 13 years old.
The museum says the bison’s health was compromised due to a genetic conditions resulting in lack of pigmentation. That caused Dakota Miracle to have poor eyesight, a factor believed to have led to his fall.
NewsDakota reports museum board president Don Williams and executive director Ilana Xinos (ZEE’-nohs) found Dakota Miracle deceased during a routine herd and pasture inspection.
“While we mourn the untimely passing of Dakota Miracle, we know he had a full life as a part of the museum’s herd,” said Xinos. “He was a rare and beautiful animal, and we feel fortunate that so many people were able to see him roaming with the herd for the past 13 years. In the wild, we do not believe he would have lived this long.”
Dakota Miracle was the son of White Cloud, an albino bison that lived with the museum’s herd for almost two decades.
The National Buffalo Museum’s mission is to educate the public on the cultural and historical significance of the American bison.
Information from: KQDJ-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am