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Old 03-09-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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More Bison News! Elk Island Bison return home to Montana after a 100 year absence

The herd that Canada bought in 1906 to help save the bison from extinction has 70 members from the Elk Island National Park's herd returning to Montana after a 100 year absence from the area.

The Elk Island herd is the most genetically pure bison - that means there have not been bred with cattle.

You can read more here:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...n-montana.html

Now you folks in Montana, you take care of these beasties, they are so very special.
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Thanks so much for posting this! What an amazing story...
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Thanks so much for posting this! What an amazing story...
No problem, these animals are pretty special to me as I get to take care of part of the original herd brought back from the brink of extinction.

We're expecting about 16 new calves this spring - anytime soon they'll be arriving. I got to watch 6 of them last spring being born in the middle of a snow storm. It was kind of cool, us wranglers were posted as sentry to keep the yotes/wolves away (smell of birthing blood - new babies etc). We had 11 calves last year.

This is them forming a protective nursery when people approach them. http://www.powwows.com/gathering/showthread.php?t=62278

If you are interested, you can join www.bisonbelong.ca and be part of bringing back the bison to Banff National Park.
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That's awesome! My grandpa was very proud of the Buffalo herd on the Nat'l Bison Range on the Flathead Rez in Montana. Is that were they got some of the first bison to send to Canada? Pablo is kinda close.

It's hard to call them BISON after calling them BUFFALO my whole life...but they are AMAZING creatures. I was fortunate to see some buffalo activity up close and person in the wild, and was blown away!!

Instead of continuing the slaughter, Yellowstone should send buffalo to BANFF...after proper testing and quaratine, of course. They need to DO ANYTHING except kill off more of these genetically pure bison!!!!

The tribes down here 150 miles away can't get their act together and would rather butt heads than continue the mission for presevation.
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That's awesome! My grandpa was very proud of the Buffalo herd on the Nat'l Bison Range on the Flathead Rez in Montana. Is that were they got some of the first bison to send to Canada? Pablo is kinda close.

It's hard to call them BISON after calling them BUFFALO my whole life...but they are AMAZING creatures. I was fortunate to see some buffalo activity up close and person in the wild, and was blown away!!

Instead of continuing the slaughter, Yellowstone should send buffalo to BANFF...after proper testing and quaratine, of course. They need to DO ANYTHING except kill off more of these genetically pure bison!!!!

The tribes down here 150 miles away can't get their act together and would rather butt heads than continue the mission for presevation.
Part of the public/park consultations will involve which herds to use to stock the Banff herd.

The Aishihik herd is one of the biggest and best cared for herd that is free roaming as well as the Norquist and Elk Island herds.

The Sikani Chief herd is probably not going to be considered as they are a cross bred of Plains/woodlands.

I'm pretty sure that the number one goal will be to draw from herds that have remained disease free since being returned to free roaming. Didn't the Yellowstone herd have TB and Brucellosis a few years back? The herd up in Wood Buffalo park is also dubious as it's had it's share of diseases over the years.

I'm happy I am finally getting to see bison back along the rockies... I've dreamed of this since I was a kid being able to see herds from the Yukon to BC/Alberta/Sask/Manitoba again.
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Actually very few of the Yellowstone herd had brucellosis, until last year when 1/3 of the quarantined buffalo that left Yellowstone apparently tested postive. I'm not sure about TB. They're reluctant to post the actual data.

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After looking around, it doesn't seem that there's been a problem with TB in Yellowstone bison. And there's never been a case of the 'escaping' buffalo transmitting brucellosis to cattle in Montana, unlike elk. So they're working on a vaccine to protect elk from brucellosis, but trying to develop a vaccine to sterilize buffalo.

This whole issue is so alarming, and swept under the rug. It's just a good thing bison conservation efforts are out there.

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