It looks like some potential progress is being made in the long-delayed attempt to reintroduce wood bison to Alaska. According to the News-Miner, it seems that the Feds and the State are proposing an agreement that the new population will be deemed "non-essential and experimental" and will thus not carry with it the potential of critical habitat designations that may prevent future resource development. As this has been one of the causes for delay, this is potentially good news. Apparently the proposed rule will also allow the state to manage future hunting opportunities and other aspects of the herd's reintroduction and subsequent management.
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