Prairie State Park Sees Stampede in Popularity of Bison

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:23 p.m. CST

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Guides at Prairie State Park near

Pittsburg used to lead hikes of three or four people to see some of

the rare herds of bison left in North America.

Nowadays, the guides are dealing with herds of their own.

Up to 70 people at a time are now lining up to see the

continent's largest mammal.

They're also coming to enjoy the park's four-thousand acres of

tallgrass prairie, the largest remnant in Missouri.

Less than one percent of tallgrass prairie remains undisturbed

in the U-S.

Volunteer guide Rick Edwards says the hikes are important to

educate residents about the bison and the importance of conserving


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