Governor Polis Statement on Proposed Bison Removal from Grand Canyon National Park

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

DENVER - Governor Jared Polis released a statement on the reported lethal removal  plans of Bison in Grand Canyon National Park. 

“Our American Bison are a majestic and iconic species of wildlife. It is rare for the lethal removal of Bison to be allowed on National Park Service land which is owned by all Americans. This decision should be reversed and we would welcome these 12 bison to live and roam free at the Southern Plains Land Trust in Bent County. I urge Interior and the National Park Service to consider this practical Colorado solution,” said Governor Jared Polis. 

The Southern Plains Land Trust has offered to adopt the bison and relocate them to live permanently on their vast shortgrass prairie preserves in southeast Colorado.

Last week, Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in opposition to proposed plans to remove Bison from Grand Canyon National Park.