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Associated Press, Published September 06 2012

Florida real estate tycoon selling off Dakotas cattle ranch

FORT YATES, N.D. — A Florida real estate tycoon who owns a controversial bison ranch in the Dakotas is selling a separate cattle ranch.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Maurice Wilder's 12,000-acre Wilder Cattle Ranch is to be sold at auction on Sept. 14. Auctioneer Adam Karrels says he is not aware of any plans to sell the 35,000-acre bison ranch that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Relations between Wilder and ranchers in the Dakotas have been strained for years. The bison ranch has sparked complaints and lawsuits over animals allegedly running loose and causing problems for neighbors. Last year, authorities impounded more than 3,000 of Wilder's bison after reports of starving animals. Wilder paid $57,000 for feed and expenses after the impoundment ended and took about 850 bison to auction.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.