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Thursday declared National Bison Day

The National Bison Association, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Intertribal Buffalo Council have declared Thursday to be National Bison Day.

The coalition decided to declare the first day of November as National Bison Day itself after Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., told him that he was willing to sponsor a bill either declaring the bison the national mammal or designating National Bison Day, but not both, Dave Carter, the executive director of the National Bison Association said in an email Tuesday.

The coalition is planning a luncheon at the Longworth House Office Building and an event at the Bronx Zoo in New York, although the event in New York may be affected by cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy, Carter said. The zoo event is supposed to include a Bison-inspired scavenger hunt; opportunities for kids and adults to vote for bison as the national mammal; bison busters trivia game; and keeper talks featuring the zoo’s historical bison herd.

Other events are scheduled in South Dakota, Wyoming West Virginia and New Mexico.

The coalition is also continuing its campaign to get federal designation of the bison as the national mammal and has released a video on YouTube to promote it.