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Wood bison now a ‘threatened’ N.W.T. species – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 25, 2016484 Views

Apr 24, 2016

Species-at-risk committee finds only 2,500 remain in the territory

Better drive with extra care when you see a wood bison on the side of a highway in the Northwest Territories: the burly beasts have joined Western toads, boreal caribou and polar bears on the territory’s list of species at risk.

An independent committee announced Friday that the remaining 2,500 wood bison in the territory should now be considered a threatened species.

“The numbers are not that high,” said Dr. Suzanne Carrière, an alternate chairperson for the N.W.T. Species at Risk Committee, an independent body of experts that reassess the biological statuses of various species.

“We do have wood bison in the thousands, but they do have quite the possibility to disappear in our children’s lifetime [and] should be accounted for.”

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