A Long Awaited Homecoming for Wood Bison

Wood Bison
Image Credit: Doug Lingstran

Wood bison (Bison bison athabascae), the larger cousins of the more common plains bison, are being released back into the Alaska wild. Alaska has been housing wood bison in captivity at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) since 2003, but had been unable to release the animals into the wild due to regulatory uncertainty. Wood bison were classified as an “experimental, non-essential population” under the Endangered Species Act in July 2014. Officials and local stakeholders are currently working on the logistical issues of transporting the bison from the AWCC to the remote Innoko Flats.

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