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Baby Bison at Fermilab

The herd is growing over at Fermilab, with several baby bison already born, and more on the way, as a total of 13 babies are expected this season. You can come visit the newborns, but you’ll have to find them first.

“We have two fencing lines, and people can see all around the perimeter, so it all depends on where they are. You know sometimes they’re in one area, the next time they might be in another area,” said Bison Herdsman Cleo Garcia.

During the warmer months, the bison move throughout their enclosed area and are pretty self-sufficient.

Fermilab has had bison on their grounds since 1969, when the institution’s first director, Robert Wilson, established the herd as a symbol of the prairie, and the laboratory’s pioneering research.

Now they serve as a popular attraction, and inspire Fermilab’s current scientists to continue to be scientific pioneers.

The public is invited to drive up and view the bison for free from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, all that you need is a valid photo ID.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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