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More bison issues at troubled Dakotas ranch

FORT YATES (AP) -- A North Dakota sheriff has impounded 37 bison from a troubled ranch on the North Dakota-South Dakota border and says he'll sell them unless the Florida real estate tycoon who owns them pays three ranchers for feeding the animals all winter.

Sheriff Frank Landeis has given Maurice Wilder until Friday to pay $45,000, or the bison will be auctioned. Wilder did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment Wednesday.

The ranch for years has sparked complaints about bison causing problems for neighbors, as well as complaints of alleged animal abuse and neglect. Thousands of Wilder's bison were impounded in February and hundreds were later sold at auction. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Wilder has paid a $57,000 bill in South Dakota to cover impoundment costs there.