Photo: cbc.ca

Photo: cbc.ca

Put yourself all the way back when a “land bridge” connected North America to Asia, a predicted 10,000 years ago. While some animals were unable to adapt within the North American climate after relocating from Asia, others adapted rather well. The bison found the vast lands covered in grass plains rather homey. The human North American inhabitants weren’t complaining either; the Bison assisted in sustaining them with food, shelter and tools for thousands of years.

In 1870, after years of Bison providing profitability to European settlers, the vast free-range population of Bison was depleting. Due to the profitability of Bison, people began catching free-range Bison to start their own private herds.  The free-range Bison population that was once 30 to 60 million, continued to dwindle. They weren’t just utilized for food; Bison hides were tanned by the Germans to make fine leathers, fine bone china and fertilizer were created from bones collected from leftover carcasses, and the wealthy hunted solely for sport. Numerous efforts were made to preserve the population of the Bison, however many laws were repealed or not enforced.

Now, we are on our way back to repopulating Canada with this wild species. 

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