White bison calf born in Farewell herd

©Jason Miles

Early this past summer, a white calf was photographed in the Farewell Bison Herd, one of the four herds of plains bison in Alaska. Researchers suspect that the white bison is leucistic, which is very unusual given that these bison typically have a reddish coat. Plains bison were first introduced to Alaska in 1928. Three of the bison died, but the other 20 survived, making all bison in Alaska’s four herds descendants from the original 20.

Read the full article at the Alaska Fish & Wildlife News.

This article was featured in the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s fall 2017 newsletter, available here. For more information on the Alaska Chapter visit http://wildlife.org/alaska/.