ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Buffalo imagery can be seen all across the Big Country, like the ones outside Frontier Texas in Abilene, but there’s a ranch in Baird that’s working to bring real-life buffs back.
The Rocking Horse Ranch is playing host to a new generation of frontier giants.
“The correct name is the North American Bison, but I’ve called them buffaloes since I was a little kid,” says Sam Day.
Their numbers were once in the millions.
“The buffalo hunters actually started here in the late 1860s, early 70s,” Tom Perini says.
Then they almost reached extinction, according to history buff Tom Perini.
“And I’m going to use the word ‘slaughter,’ because that’s what they did. They’d killed from 50-75 a day,” Perini says.
But the population is now on the rise.
“They say there’s about 500,000 buffalo now,” says Day.
Thanks to those who want to protect this piece of history.
“Buffalo are just something from the past that I don’t want to get away,” Day says.
He’s been in the cattle business for 30 years, but has only been bringing up bison in the last decade.
“I started with about four or five,” Day says.
Now with a herd that’s more than 100 head strong, he’s taking these frontier figures from the plains of the past into present day.
Day says they work the buffalo only once a year to update their shots and check their health and that day is Saturday.