Isn’t he magnificent? On the trek home to Sherwood park we drove through Elk Island National Park on Highway 16 East Alberta. The Buffalo were roaming on both sides of the divided highway in their free roam fenced environment.. John stopped the truck and off I went to trek through the ditch. The herd was close to the Fence and literally wheeled about very quickly a took off at a run.. It was a relief for me when the Bull halted them before they entered the bush. Then he separated from the herd and walked a distance away. At that point he stood in all his glory and proceeded to size me up and check me out. As you can see here he was curious as to what I was doing.
East Of Edmonton on The Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16 East), Alberta Canada
Canon XSI, Canon 55-400mm
Endangered (IUCN 2.3)
Species: B. bison
The Wood Bison, Bison bison athabascae, also called Mountain Bison, Wood Buffalo or Mountain Buffalo, is a distinct northern subspecies or ecotype123456 of the American Bison (often called “buffalo”). Its original range included much of the boreal forest regions of Alaska, Yukon, western Northwest Territories, northeastern British Columbia, northern Alberta, and northwestern Saskatchewan.7 It is included on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
The Wood Bison differs from the Plains Bison (Bison bison bison), the other surviving North American subspecies/ecotype, in a number of important ways. Most notably, the Wood Bison is heavier, with large males weighing over 900 kilograms (2,000 lb), making it the largest terrestrial animal in North America. The highest point of the Wood Bison is well ahead of its front legs, while the Plains Bison’s highest point is directly above the front legs. Wood bison also have larger horn cores, a darker and woollier pelage, and less hair on their forelegs and beard.