32nd Annual Bison Auction Coverage from Denver Post and 9NEWS

Mar 14, 2017Bison, Publicity

Denver Mountain Parks had a successful bison auction March 3rd at Genesee Mountain Park raising a record amount. The charismatic bison and mountain parks staff once again captured some local media attention around the annual event.

You can read the Denver Post story, and watch a great short video about the auction, featuring Denver Mountain Parks Superintendent Dick Gannon, here:

As young bison rammed into each other for sport, Denver parks raked in $59K: The most expensive bull calf sold for $3,600

Photos and Video Clips from the Denver Post:


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Mountain parks superintendent Dick Gannon talks about the history of the auction, and keeping the program “in the black.” Essentially, the bison program is self-supporting.


Ernie and Beverly Fischer came to the auction from North Dakota hoping to diversify the bloodline of their herd. They were  unsuccessful at a previous mountain parks auction… and you’ll have to watch the video to hear about their outcome this year!

A Most Colorado Occupation…

9NEWS’ “Next with Kyle Clark” also covered the auction before the event. In their “The Most Colorado Thing” segment, the show profiled Denver Parks and Recreation employee Matt Brown.

You can view the 9NEWS segment and hear a little about Matt’s 17 year career with the Denver Mountain Parks here:

“The Most Colorado Job: Keeper of the Denver bison herd”



From the sound of her tweets, it sounds like freshman Denver Post reporter Danika Worthington had a good time covering the auction.



We’re excited too. Genesee has been a major focal point for the mountain parks staff over the last few years, with the opening of the paved trail along I-70, new natural surface hiking trails within the park, improvements at the Beaver Brook trailhead (a new restroom, bison viewing area, and interpretive signs)… and that’s just the start of the list.

Denver Mountain Parks have also completed restoration of the Chief Hosa Shelter, a project completed as part of our foundation’s capital campaign to restore historic structures throughout the mountain park system.

As the weather warms up, we hope you’ll come out for a visit!


Chief Hosa Shelter along new I-70 path, north of the highway at the Chief Hosa exit.