September 15, 2009

Wild Wood Bison

-Wild Wood Bison.-

Trevor had always told me that wild buffalo exist. As I grew up on the prairies buffalo were a part of a legend that I never really thought that terribly hard about. To me the fact that these huge wild beasts could exist alongside modern man was preposterous. Well, okay... so these herds don't exist alongside man... but here are the pictures to prove that on our trip to and from Yellowknife, we came across many wild Wood Bison.

-Swamp, swamp and more swamp. The view on the way to Yellowknife.-

Wood Bison Facts:
  • The Wood Bison the largest terrestrial animal in North America.
  • It is heavier than it's cousin from the plains weighing in at a whopping 900 kg or 2,000 lbs!
  • They were believed extinct in the early 1900's until a herd of 200 was found in Alberta in 1957. That herd today is up to over 3,000 bison.
  • Wood Bison appear on both the endangered species of Canada list, as well as the threatened animals list.
-Grazing Buffalo.-

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