Midewin archaeologist Joe Wheeler said Midewin was a thriving prairie 6,200 years ago and bison arrived about 2,000 years later. Bison bones dating to the 1600s were discovered in Midewin in 2007 and evidence of a Native American village has also been found.
Forest Service officials hope the bison will thrive there as well as improve the prairie's diversity of plants and animals. It is also hoped that Midewin will become a major tourist attraction. The bison will surely be a draw.
The herd is expected in October, but the public won't be allowed to visit until next spring to give the bison a chance to get used to their new surroundings.
Their pastures will be accessible from the Iron Bridge Trailhead in Midewin, off Illinois 53 (Route 66). The staff hopes later to have a viewing platform, but binoculars will be recommended because of the vastness of the area.
Looking Forward to Seeing Where the Buffalo Roam. --RoadDog
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