Bison Good, Cattle Bad? A Prairie Ecologist’s Perspective » cows in pond

These cattle almost look ashamed of their tendency to hang around in water.  In this case, however, we were actually encouraging it as a way to help us control invasive cattails.  We pulled the cattle out the next season and this little spot was a great shorebird area, with mud flats with scattered sedges and rushes. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC

These cattle almost look ashamed of their tendency to hang around in water. In this case, however, we were actually encouraging it as a way to help us control invasive cattails. We pulled the cattle out the next season and this little spot was a great shorebird area, with mud flats with scattered sedges and rushes. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC

Cattle cooling off in muddy water hole in restored wetland at the Derr Tract 2001 prairie restoration. Central Platte River.


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