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    Default After Over A Century, The Wood Bison Are Back!

    They're back!

    If all goes well, they'll be in the wild in two years!:

    The state Department of Fish and Game cleared a major hurdle in its 15-year-old effort to restore wood bison in the state when it trucked 53 of the beasts into Alaska from a national park in Canada last week.

    The bison, which arrived June 19, are being held in pens at the Alaska Conservation Wildlife Center, a big game farm south of Anchorage, where they will remain under quarantine for at least two years to ensure they are disease free before being released into the wild.

    “We got them into the state, which is a huge step,” said Cathie Harms with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks........

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    Well done, Bob.

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    Thumbs up wow.......

    Great news.

    I spend about a month each year in the Minto Flats. I'll be long pushin' daisies before there is a huntable population out there, but I sure would like to see them running wild some time before I'm done.

    Well done, Bob.

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    New item on the menu for bears and wolves.

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    Thats pretty cool. It would be awesome to reintroduce a native species for everyone in the food chain to enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dws View Post
    New item on the menu for bears and wolves.
    Perhaps some will be lost to predation, but the herds in Delta, along the Copper River, and in the Farewell Burn were all introduced as well. They're now among the most sought-after game in Alaska, so why not try again in another suitable place? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    They're back!

    If all goes well, they'll be in the wild in two years!:
    Mark:

    Ahh, if we just had some Wooden Indians to go with the Wood Bison, it would really be grand.

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    how do they taste?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    how do they taste?
    Wooden Indians?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greythorn3 View Post
    how do they taste?
    Kinda like sawdust, once you get'em chewed.

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    maybe like that jerkey chew..

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    Default Tastes like Chicken!

    everything tastes like chicken...

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    Default More on the reintroduction from Anchorage Daily News

    Here's more on the wood bison reintroduction from the Anchorage Daily News today:

    http://www.adn.com/wildlife/story/459558.html

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    I stopped down there at Portage on my way to a clam digging venture last Thursday. Having both plains and wood buffalo there, it's easier to see the difference between the two.

    Thanks for that ADN article, David. I never knew about the skull found in Anchorage.

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    stop you are making me hungry!
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    Default Wood Bison....

    I'm enthusiastic. The first release site is to be the Minto Flats, in 2010. The article states that it will take about 10 years after the release for the herd numbers to swell to a huntable number .... 300 - 400 bison. I'll be quite old by then, but, I'll apply for a permit. Hell, I've been applying for a bison permit since I was 39 years old, with no success ... and I'm now 65 (and still hail and hardy.) If I'm not pushing daisies by the time the Wood Bison come up for permit drawing, I'll throw my bucks in for a permit, although it seems more like a donation to Ak Fish and Game, rather than a genuine chance for a permit. At least with my luck or lack of ....

    But then, the results of the Spring 2008 permit drawings aren't posted yet. Perhaps I'll yet have a change of fortune.

    I spend about a month each year in the Minto Flats. I hope to personally see the Wood Bison running free in the Flats, even if they aren't on my menu.

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    i would like to try and ride one!

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    Angry Oh well ....

    27 years in a row, and no bison permit. Just another $50.00 donation to Fish & Game from the wife and me. Kind of a sad, repetitious joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    27 years in a row, and no bison permit. Just another $50.00 donation to Fish & Game from the wife and me. Kind of a sad, repetitious joke.
    You do realize, of course, that mathematically at less than 1% odds on average for the six bison permit hunts, and if you applied for the maximum of three bison hunts per year, your chances are 1 permit in 37 years?

    I applied for three bison permits every year. It took about 30 years to get a fall Farewell permit. I learned of the win in mid July, and I had the 1st September period to do the hunt.

    I couldn't set the hunt up for less than $5,000 under such short notice unless I was willing to fly into the Farewell strip willing to pack the beast back an unknown distance on my back. And when I learned that I could buy a bison for less than $4,000, or buy a guided hunt on horseback for less than $4,000, I decided not to go.

    I haven't wasted my money on a bison permit again...........

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