MANKATO – 10/14/15
Ahren Backman | Afternoon Reporter
Minneopa park officials opened the gate to the new bison range the morning of October 14th. Visitors can now drive into the 330-acre enclosure to get a sight of the eleven bison herd. Assistant Park Manager, Todd Dailey said the sightings success rate has been high because of the bison’s active nature.
“Because a lot of times, the bison are moving so quickly that if you can’t see them right now, five minutes later they will be right on the road.”
The gate will open from 9 a.m. to around 4 p.m., with the best viewing hours between 9 and 11 a.m. Dailey said this time is best because the bison will be out grazing. Afternoon is not ideal, Dailey continued, since bison, like humans, often enjoy a mid day nap.