The Frontier Park bison herd began in 1953 with a bull named Wild Bill and a cow named Calamity Jane. The herd has grown to include the current bull Nekko and many cows.
This area was the home to the largest herd of bison in North America, estimated at one time to be in the millions. The importance of the bison to the Native Americans of the area should not be overlooked. The natives depended upon the bison for food, shelter, clothing, and tools. They fought hard when millions of the animals were slaughtered as a result of the intrusion of the railroad and white settlers.
The Hays Parks Department maintains the bison herd and wants to remind people that although the animals appear domesticated, it should be remembered they are still wild animals and quite capable of moving very quickly and causing harm to anyone in the pen area.