September 13, 2023
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LA County Parks Mourns the Loss of “Trouble” One of the Oldest Bison in its Care
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) is saddened to announce the death of “Here Comes Trouble,” a senior female bison at William S. Hart Park over the weekend.
The bison, affectionately known as “Here Comes Trouble” or “Trouble” for short, was one of the oldest and most spirited members of the bison herd living in the park.
“We are saddened by the loss of Trouble, one of our most beloved bison at William S. Hart Park,” said Norma García-González, Director, LA County Parks, “Trouble was part of the LA County Parks family for 35 years. She will be greatly missed.”
According to the National Park Service, bison may live in the wild for 15 years and in captivity, bison may live as long as 25 years. Trouble exceeded the life expectancy of bison in captivity – living a full 35 years under the care of William S. Hart Park staff.
“Trouble brought a lot of joy to those who crossed her path,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Her personality always shone through, and she made both park visitors and staff smile with her antics. She will be greatly missed.”
Trouble was born at William S. Hart Park on April 12, 1988 and gained her reputation of a feisty bison because she often picked fights with her herd mates. She also had a playful side and sometimes challenged the park staff by squaring up to the truck during the morning feeding time. She was a beloved and memorable character among the herd, enjoyed by park visitors and staff, who frequently said, “Here comes Trouble” when they saw her approaching.
LA County Parks is home to more than 210 animals, many unable to survive in the wild and in need of care by LA County Park stewards and professionals. LA County Parks cherishes the bison herd as a historical and cultural asset of William S. Hart Park since 1962 and is committed to preserving their legacy and well-being. LA County Parks expresses its condolences to the visitors, volunteers, and staff who have grown fond of Trouble over the years. It invites them to continue supporting and enjoying the remaining ten bison in their scenic home at William S. Hart Park.
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About LA County Parks and Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation manages 181 parks. It also operates a network of 9 regional parks, 40 neighborhood parks, 20 community parks, 14 wildlife sanctuaries, 11 nature centers, 43 public swimming pools, more than 200 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and the largest municipal golf system in the nation, consisting of 20 golf courses. The department also maintains four botanical centers: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the South Coast Botanic Garden, Descanso Gardens, and Virginia Robinson Gardens. The department also owns the iconic Hollywood Bowl, and the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, providing County residents with valuable entertainment and cultural resources.