The Bison and the Rancher How ranchers and the bison they manage might save each other from extinction. Meet Deuce the Ranch Dog Deuce Meldon, the hanging tree cowdog who belongs to Chico Basin Ranch’s foreman Jake, is both a loyal companion and a helpful herder. His whole life revolves around working cows, but he’s also content to simply spend his days in Jake’s company, as Jake works on an engine, a fence, or a water tank. History of Bison in the San Luis Valley The evidence available to determine the history of bison ecology in the SLV is scant. Films Ranch. Conserve. Live. Our Cattle Management Practices Filson: On The Ranch Natural History Bird Banding The Chico is one of the most diverse birding sites in Colorado, with over 330 different species–some of which are rarely seen in Colorado–recorded across the ranch. Daily Journal A Month at Zapata Ranch The fire flickered, reaching up to a brilliant indigo sky. Billowing charcoal clouds lazily settled against the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. I sat on the porch of a homey log cabin, with a hearty bowl of homemade bison chili gratefully held in my hands. It was a welcomed comfort after traveling 1,500 miles across our beautiful country. Next to me were 3 young women from all corners of the United States, who had just made a similar journey and were here also hired on as wranglers. We observed in delight our hosts cracking bull-whips, shooting bows and arrows, and setting BB gun targets with equal parts skill and joy. Heeler pups played, and stories were exchanged as we wrapped ourselves in the beauty of the night. There was an air of excitement & engagement that first night, an energy that would not dissipate. We had arrived at our home for the next six months, Zapata Ranch. Ranch Management Learning to Think Like a Mountain Aldo Leopold, considered by many the father of wildlife conservation and the wilderness system in America, once wrote of watching a wolf die when he was young.