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Don’t try this at home — Ivan Smith is renowned for his ability to handle bison, which quickly revert to their wild ways when stressed.


Stress a bison and someone will pay

Some call them athletic, others say ‘suicidal,’ but all agree that wild is the default mode for bison

Bison producer Ivan Smith doesn’t go anywhere without a butcher knife and a rifle in his truck. “Anything can go wrong when you’re dealing with an animal that’s this athletic,” said Smith, who operates Big Bend Bison Ranch near Innisfail. “It’s just the nature of the bison. They’re not meant to be captive, so when […] Read more