BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of 139 Yellowstone National Park bison captured almost a decade ago are finally headed to a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation.
State and tribal officials said the animals would be loaded onto trucks overnight Wednesday. They'll arrive Thursday at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.
The bison, highly-prized for their genetics, were culled from Yellowstone's wild herds under an experimental government program to see if they could be used to start new bison populations elsewhere.
Earlier attempts to relocate them failed. They've been held on CNN founder Ted Turner's ranch near Bozeman since 2010.
As compensation for caring for the animals, Turner gets to keep 75 percent of their offspring, or 179 bison.