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Hunting a Threatened Species: Why the Hay-Zama Hunt is Good for Bison and People

August 1, 2016

August 2016 Wildlands Advocate article, by Andrea Johancsik.

Do you want to hunt bison in Hay-Zama? It may seem a bit strange that Alberta allows hunting on a free-roaming, disease-free, wild population of a species undergoing recovery. But wood bison conservation presents a more complicated situation for management. The main reason for the Hay-Zama hunt is to prevent the spread of disease from bison in Wood Buffalo National Park. Understanding this requires traveling back in time, to the great slaughter of the American bison in North America.

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