If you’ve ever been close to an American Bison, the buffalo that roamed the plains of old, you know how big they are. Interestingly, the Wood Bison, native to Western Canada and previously Alaska, is even larger. The Wounded Warriors participating in the Nissan Project Titan program and I visited the conservation site south of Anchorage where the animals were “preparing” to be released into the wild. Fortunately, that project has gone well and now the first calves are arriving. Here’s the full story from Ammoland.
Joseph Hosmer, President Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) announced recently that the first wild-born calves were spotted during an Alaska Department of Fish and Game aerial survey. This marks the first time in 100 years that a bison calf was born in the Alaskan wild. This exciting milestone is part of a 20 year wood bison reintroduction project that sought to reestablish a wood bison population in the Innoko River region.
“It felt like having a baby shower or something. It’s just huge,” Cathie Harms, Alaska Department of Fish and Game regional program manager said. “It’s like the completion of the circle. We finally got animals into the wild and they are taking to it tremendously.”
SCI Foundation has aided the wood bison reintroduction effort for the past 10 years and is a member of the Wood Bison Restoration Advisory Group. Through its contributions, Safari Club has applied hunter dollars towards the maintenance of the bison holding facility, the care of the bison while in captivity, and the relocation of bison to the wild.
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