Where the buffalo roam

It started as a novelty, when E.J. and Barb Siefker brought buffalo to their rural Moran farm nearly 50 years ago. Now, bison herds are as much a legacy for the family as they are for the state.

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May 8, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Buffalo curiously watch human onlookers while remaining close to the herd at Siefker Farms, Inc. south of Moran. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

As the state’s official animal, there are few images more representative of Kansas than the bison or buffalo.

If you look closely at the Kansas state flag, you can even spot Native American hunters in pursuit of a herd of buffalo, which speaks to the fact that not only are buffalo connected to the history of white settlements in Kansas in the mid 1800s, but to an indigenous history and prehistory stretching back for millenia.

Buffalo once numbered in the millions across prairie grasslands regions, but during the second half of the nineteenth century, they were nearly hunted to extinction.

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