Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Yukon Flats Athabascans Working Towards Bison Reintroduction

Yukon Flats Athabascan Indians are working steadily towards reintroduction of bison to their part of Alaska. Oral tradition indicates that wood bison lived in Alaska until recent times, but before western civilization came to Alaska. Stevens Village has established a bison ranch in Delta Junction as part of this overall push to bring bison back.

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports that "The idea to reintroduce bison to the Yukon Flats first surfaced about 15 years ago. Bison lived in the area until quite recently, but once theyƂ’d been gone for a few generations, people stopped talking about them, and there was little written record. "“There were no pencils back then,"” said Craig Fleener of Fort Yukon, a wildlife biologist pushing for the reintroduction as executive director of the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments."

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