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Letter: Interesting story in the Herald about bison getting smaller

It was interesting (and alarming) that bison living centuries ago were 37% bigger than the current size of bison. I hope that projections are wrong that bison will become 46% smaller by the end of this century.

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Having family in Grand Forks, I read the Grand Forks Herald article "Bison are getting smaller: It's another sign of climate change – and poses challenges for herds" (Aug. 5 issue). It was interesting (and alarming) that bison living centuries ago were 37% bigger than the current size of bison. I hope that projections are wrong that bison will become 46% smaller by the end of this century.

I have the "T-Star-J livestock brand" and although I am permitted to use it on bison, I have no bison at the moment. Although hardy creatures, bison require a lot of work. The main concern I have is brucellosis, a respiratory disease in which cattle and bison should be separated by more than a fence, but a buffer-zone. If bison grow smaller, it will adversely affect ranchers' bottom line, and impact their profitably. We can only hope that the climate change pendulum will swing back and stabilize the bison and their physical size.

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