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Rewilding Bison from Romania to Alaska

Just days after seven European ‘wood’ bison or wisent (Bison bonasus) cows born and raised at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park were soft released into the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park in Romania as part of the largest wisent reintroduction effort in history, the United States moved forward on it own plans…

Wood Bison Reintroduction Update

According to a Reuters report, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) have agreed to designate a captive population of wood bison a “non-essential, experimental” herd. Through negotiations that culminated in drafting the 10 (j) rule, which is a provision under the Endangered Species Act that…

The “Vote Bison” Campaign

Have you been following any bison news lately? The State Mammal of Oklahoma, Wyoming and Kansas may become the National Mammal to the dismay of some marine mammal fans, a contingent of cattle ranchers, and some other anti-bison folks. This hasn’t stopped the the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society, the Intertribal Buffalo Council or the…

Beware of Buffalo Chips: Bison Covertly Translocated for Restoration to the West

A covert operation to move 64 disease-free, purebred bison from Yellowstone National Park to Fort Peck, Montana–a distance of 500 miles–was achieved this week almost without incident. Two animals died. A yearling died en route and another animal suffered a fatal goring before the trip. It happens. I can say that as mediocre bison wrangler.…

Bringing Back Bison–Brings Back Biodiversity

Bringing back the wood bison is not just about the restoration of a charismatic mega-vertebrate.  Indeed, the wood bison–the larger of the two subspecies of the American bison–is a magnificent beast and reintroducing the subspecies is a heck of an achievement. But its return to Wild Alaska signifies much more. I’m privileged to be able to…

Calving Season in Full Swing at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Just a week after Mother’s Day we find ourselves overwhelmed with calves and new mothers at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. I counted 11 bison calves this morning and passed by two curious musk ox calves and one caribou calf on my early morning tour around the AWCC campus. I share below, recent photos taken by our staff…

Project to Return Wood Bison to Alaska Wilderness Makes Progress

By Jordan Schaul Bison are symbolic of the American prairie and the wooded landscape and meadows of Canada’s boreal forest. But today they are no longer part of Alaska’s landscape. As the largest terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, they are an iconic species, and their return to Alaska would be monumental. I became involved with the wood…