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Posted on: January 2, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Lord's Park Bull Bison Dies

Dakota, the bull bison at Lords Park Zoo, died Sunday from complications from an upper respiratory infection. He was 18-years old.

Dakota was being treated by Seneca Bovine Veterinary Services in Marengo, Ill, after displaying respiratory problems on Dec. 10. Antibiotics were administered on Dec. 11, with a second series given on Dec. 22.

The life expectancy of wild bison is 15 years. Two female bison remain at the zoo: Cahoya born in 1987 and Pokey, born in 1991.

Dakota's illness was not believed to be contagious.

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