The wood bison stays in the grass and sedge meadows across British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and Northwest territories. Wood Bison have also been seen at Alaska’s Inoko Flats across the lower Yukon River.
The wood bison is affected by cold weather and massive snowfall that make grazing challenging.
Interesting Facts about Wood Bison
- It is the largest native terrestrial land mammal living in North America.
- The wood bison is one of the 11 animals that survived in Canada.
- The wood bison calf is red when at birth.
- These animals have a unique upward hump at the base of the neck
- The wood bison forms herds during the mating season.
Wood Bison Habitat
The habitat of the wood bison is determined by its location. Some wood bison prefer living in the native savannas with the grass edges. Other wood bison live in open land and the pastures of coniferous forest. The wood bison also prefer living in areas with access to water, especially during the summer.
The Life Span of Wood Bison
A free wood bison lives between 10 to 20 years in a harsh forest environment. However, wood bison can live up to old age when kept in captivity.
Reproduction of Wood Bison
Female wood bison give birth to a young calf every year when they attain physical maturity. The wood Bison has a gestation period of 9 months, similar to that of a man. A young calf weighs an estimate of 30 to 70 lb.
Hostile environments and habitat loss are a threat to the future of the wood bison.