Bubba the Bison put down at Salisbury Zoo

Bubba, the American Bison that lived at the Salisbury Zoo for 25 years, was euthanized last week.

Bubba, the American Bison who lived at the Salisbury Zoo since he was 4 months old, has died.

The 25-year-old bison was euthanized after having problems with mobility that worsened, leading to rapid decline in his health, according to Mary Seemann, who handles marketing and development at the zoo.

Bubba was born on July 12, 1993, at the Oglebay Good Zoo in Wheeling, W.Va. He arrived at the Salisbury Zoo in October 1993 and sired one female in 2001.

She is still at the Salisbury Zoo, which has been exhibiting what Seemann called “this keystone land mammal” for more than 50 years.

The zoo has a long history with American Bison conservation, she said.

Seemann said zookeepers noticed Bubba having problems with mobility during the past few months and treated him with medication.

“Staff assessed his quality of life and the decision was made to humanely euthanize him. A post mortem exam is scheduled,” she said.

In 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. Bison were plentiful in the early 1800s but by the late 1800’s there were only a few hundred left in the United States “after unregulated shooting and habitat loss occurred during the settlement of the west,” Seemann stated in a news release.

With the help of the Department of Interior, the American Bison Society and the New York Zoological Society, the number of American Bison rose in the early 1900’s, she said.

Yellowstone National Park bison population is estimated at 4,900.


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