Wood Bison Restoration in Alaska
Fast Facts

  • How many wood bison were reintroduced?
  • Where were wood bison reintroduced to Alaska?
    The Lower Yukon River area, near the community of Shagleuk on the Innoko River
  • When were they released
    In the spring and summer of 2015, after more than 20 years of planning.
  • Where did they come from?
    Wood bison were captured from the wild in Canada in 1957, then moved to Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada and allowed to multiply. Sixty-six Elk Island bison were obtained by the State of Alaska in 2003 and 2008.

See the wood bison species profile for more biological information.