ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Wood bison are returning to the wilds of Alaska.
KTVA reports (http://is.gd/w2bKBq) the state will reintroduce between 50-100 animals next spring near the Lower Yukon and the Innoko River.
Wood bison are North America's largest living land mammal. Smaller plains bison were not native to Alaska but were introduced to the state in 1928.
Adult male wood bison weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Fossil carbon dating and Alaska Native folklore indicate wood bison were present in Alaska for 10,000 years. They vanished about a century ago for unknown reasons.
The Department of Fish and Game has been working on restoring wood bison for more than 20 years. Animals were imported from Canada but they or their offspring have been penned at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Girdwood awaiting approval.
Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com