Wood bison, a ‘threatened’ species under the NWT List of Species at Risk

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Wood bison have been added to the NWT List of Species at Risk as a ‘threatened’ species.

The signed consensus agreement articulating this decision was provided to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) on April 14, 2017. The Minister is required to add wood bison to the NWT List of Species at Risk within three months of receiving the consensus agreement.

Wood bison face a number of serious threats in the NWT including infectious disease (anthrax, tuberculosis, brucellosis), predation, human-caused mortality, and habitat loss.

There are less than 2500 animals in the Territory and their population is declining.

The listing of wood bison as ‘threatened’ means a recovery strategy must be developed for the species within two years of listing.

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Melinda Trochu
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