Bison run onto the prairie blanketed in snow as they explore new territory in South Dakota
Bison return to land of their ancestors in U.S.
SHOWS: BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (WWF/ALISON HENRY - MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY WWF/ALISON HENRY/ NO RESALE) 1.
FOUR BISON RELEASED INTO PRAIRIE BLANKETED IN SNOW, BISON RUNNING AND EXPLORING TERRITORY STORY: Four bison were released into new territory in Badlands National Park, South Dakota on Friday (October 11).
Video shared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows the bison bulls running onto prairie blanketed in snow at Pinnacles Overlook during the opening of 22,000 acres (8,903 hectares) of additional bison range, WWF said.
Bison haven't roamed this land since the 1870s, the National Park Service said in a statement.
"Badlands National Park has had bison on the landscape since 1963, but their range has been limited for most of that time," Superintendent Mike Pflaum said.
According to the National Park Service, the bison herd at the Badlands National Park is estimated to be around 1,200 animals but because their range was remote few visitors have been able to see them.
The expansion of the range will allow more opportunities for people to view and learn about the bison in their habitat, the National Park Service said.
(Production: Natalia Oriol)