Coyotes making Bonanzaville home during this coronavirus crisis

Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 10:47 AM CDT
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Bonanzaville is not open to the public right now, but that is not keeping a pair of coyotes from roaming the village.

Officials at Bonanzaville say the animals have made a home in an abandoned building in the Village.

They discovered the coyotes roaming around on Monday morning and even have them recorded on their security cameras.

The Department of Natural Resources will be out on Tuesday to assess the situation.

Missy Warren works at Bonanzaville. She believes the coyotes may not have a way to get out of the village.

The Cass County, North Dakota, Historical Society was established in 1954 by the Fargo Chapter of the “Pioneer Daughters”. Since 1967, CCHS had been collecting buildings from around the county, and moving them to the location now known as Bonanzaville, USA on land donated by the Red River Valley Fair. The name refers to the large Bonanza farms that once existed in the Red River Valley. It wasn't until 1972 that a building to house the museum was constructed.  Artifacts were then moved from Minard Hall to the new museum. The collection now numbers over 400,000 items that are either in a permanent collection or educational collection.

Over the years, CCHS has accumulated 41 buildings, many with Historical significance or containing Period Artifacts, while others house the Eugene Dahl Car Museum, the Eagles Air Museum, the Moen Tractor Museum and the Law Enforcement Museum.