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Bison return to Afton's Belwin Conservancy

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The bison will return June 11 to roam 150 fenced-in acres of Belwin Conservancy in Afton.

The herd of about 40 animals is on loan from NorthStar Bison in Rice Lake, Wis., where they are raised for meat. While at Belwin, they graze freely and help continued restoration of the prairie.

"Their grazing patterns and behavior significantly influence the biodiversity of the prairie," said Ned Phillips, Belwin's membership coordinator.

The noon release is open to the public. Visitors can park at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields in West Lakeland Township and walk or ride a tractor to the release location; parking near the release site on Division Street is limited to those who require special access.

There is no cost. For details, go to

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