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VIDEO: Wild Wood Bison released in the Alaska wilderness

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SHAGELUK, Alaska- For the first time in more than 100 years, the U.S. has a population of Wild Wood Bison after 100 of the majestic animals were were released into the wild in Alaska.  The species was thought to be extinct until a small heard was discovered in Canada in 1957.  

David James of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game became emotional when talking about the bison being back on American soil. 'I'm speechless. It's priceless to see something like that.'

The new herd was led from temporary pens by a snowmobile that they'd been conditioned to follow at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. About half of the adult cows are pregnant, and the conservation center hopes that the birth of new calves will anchor them to their new habitat.  The Wood Bison will continue to be monitored for the next two years, while experts learn where they roam and study their effects on the habitat.


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