The Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

When European settlers first arrived in Ohio, there were many bison roaming the state. The last bison was killed in Ohio in Lawrence County in the early 1800s. After many years of prairie restoration at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park on the Far West Side, introducing bison was a logical step to help thin the vegetation and add richness and diversity to the ecosystem. In 2011, six bison — all female — were brought to their new home.

This summer, a male bison joined the herd. We visit the park to get an update on the herd, its contributions to the prairie landscape, and finally learn the difference between a buffalo and a bison.

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Jackie Shafer is the Producer of Broad & High. When she's not exploring all the fabulous arts and culture Columbus has to offer, she's choreographing very complicated and physically impossible roller-skating routines in her head.
  • elise

    If you go to see the bison, plan to spend some time enjoying the fabulous Nature Center which has a mounted bison head to see and a bison hide that you can touch. It also has a 53 ft long “living stream” and many games & videos to enjoy. Great family activity for the holiday season.