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No home on the range

  The Great Buffalo Herd Monument is extinct - at least on public land. The brainchild of a New York artist, the Mt. Rushmore-type monument would have placed 1,000 copper, moving, moaning bison on a high sage- and pine-covered plateau called the Beaver Rim south of Lander, Wyo. But when the agency which manages the land, the Bureau of Land Management, went to the public for comment on the project, they were stampeded with a herd of letters and negative response. Some 1,800 people responded to the idea, with 97 percent "intensely opposed," reports Bill Bartlett with the BLM. The hail of noes was the largest response to a proposal of any kind in the Lander BLM's history, including the disposal of low-level nuclear waste.