Fifty-five animals to be auctioned at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
PRATT — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a public buffalo auction at 11 a.m. at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge corrals, 6 miles north and 1 ¼ miles west of Canton. Approximately 55 buffalo will be offered, including four two-year-old bulls, 15 bull calves, 18 heifer calves, eight adult cows, six yearling bulls, and four yearling heifers.

Lunch will be served by the Friends of Maxwell.

The buffalo, properly known as the American bison, figures prominently in Kansas history. It is the state mammal and is celebrated in the Kansas State Song, "Home On the Range." To keep this piece of natural history alive, KDWP maintains small herds of buffalo in the state. As these herds grow, the agency auctions surplus animals that cannot be supported by available habitat on refuges near Garden City and McPherson. People from all over Kansas and surrounding states buy buffalo at these annual auctions.

Those interested in purchasing buffalo must bring cash or a personal check with a notarized authorization letter from the issuing bank. Buffalo more than one year old will be brucellosis and tuberculosis tested and come with a health certificate. Heifer calves will be vaccinated for brucellosis, and certificates will be issued.

Buyers must pick up buffalo the day of the sale or make arrangements with the refuge manager prior to the sale. Stock racks and trailers should be covered or lined because buffalo travel better in darkened areas. Animals become the buyer's responsibility upon settlement on sale day. Load-out assistance will be available until dusk. KDWP reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

For more information on the auction, contact the KDWP Region 4 Office, 316-683-8069, or Maxwell Wildlife Area, 620-628-4592.