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* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Jim Bailey on Rewilding an Icon

"Bison are being sidetracked away from numerical extinction, but into domestication. However, domestication is extinction of the wild form...  If wild plains bison are to persist, we must retain the wild genome in a wild environment.  In an "artificial" environment with abundant human controls, the wild genome will deteriorate into something else."

~ James A. Bailey, wildlife biologist.  From his recently published book, American Plains Bison: Rewildling an Icon

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1 year ago

*By the Numbers

The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,500 individual animals, living in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wild, migratory bison are ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.

Total Buffalo Killed: 81
Government Capture:
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Government Slaughter:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**: 1
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 13
Treaty Hunts: 68
Unknown Hunts:
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to Research Facility:
Shot by Agents:
Highway Mortality:
Cause of Death Unknown:

Total Killed in Previous Years*
2012-2013: 261
2011-2012: 33
2010-2011: 227
2009-2010: 7
2008-2009: 22
2007-2008: 1,631
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,337

*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths
**bison stolen from the wild and placed in research facilities (such as for GonaCon) have already been counted as being "eliminated from the population" so bison that have died in a government research facility are not reflected in the total.

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