We took our high school students to the village of Shageluk today to witness the release of 14 cows. We left our village at 10:00 am and arrived at noon. The trip was 57 River miles away and it was my longest snowmachine trip yet. The bison are taking to their new environment very well. The biologist said that they were adapting better than anticipated. At today's end, there will be 100 bison in the two corrals. No big Bulls yet, they will be coming this summer and their number will be 30. Right now there are some calves that are Bulls in the herd on the ground. 25ish cows are currently pregnant, and the herd needs to e released before these cows give birth.
Shag is a very small village, and I am sure it's been a circus. Ktuu was on site (channel 2) as was national geographic. There were other media types on site as well. Got to see one of my students interviewed.
The bison were beautiful. Couldn't get real good pics, since all I had was my phone. I did get a little
video. I'm going to try and post pics now and video tomorrow when I am on the lap top. If the pics can't be posted from my phone, they will need to wait uNeil tomorrow.
There will be a land access fee. Small though. $300 as of now. Also was told that they expect the herd to be ready for harvest in 3-15 years. They are really setting the herd up for success with the number released at once.
No can't upload pics
from my phone it seems. Pics and video hopefully tomorrow morning.