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Aug. 4, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Bison Coming

Northwest Missouri will soon be home to an extremely rare breed of bison.

The Dunn Ranch is nearly 4,000 acres north of Bethany on Highway M owned by the National Nature Conservancy. In late October the group is getting 30 head of bison from South Dakota for the Missouri ranch. They come from one of just two heards in the nation with pure bison genetics having no cattle genes in them. Randy Arndt is the site manager at Dunn Ranch and says the bison will help conserve the grassland birds and thousands of acres of tallgarss prairie in the preserve.

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Besides the 30 head arriving this fall, 30 more are expected next year. Conservationists hope in about 5 years nearly 350 head will live at the north Missouri site.