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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 1 month ago

If thousands of boy scouts walked from the Texas& NM border heading north,cutting every barbed wire fence all the way to Canada?

Would the bisons be free to roam again all across the great plains?

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  • Quinn
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No, because they would not have the means to sustain themselves even if they knew which way is it to Canada. Furthermore, not all bison were native to the Great Plains because there are actually 2 species of bison - plains and wood bison.  The Great Plains of the Old West compared to what is today is very different. Much of it today is used for farming and ranching. And that means the farmers and ranchers are not just going to stand there and do nothing.

    Furthermore, why would you want them to roam wild when the vast majority of them are cared for and under protection. You need to understand that the great slaughter of the bison nearly wipe them out not just because in terms of numbers, but because of the severe limit in their gene pool that puts the surviving bison at risk of being wiped out due to inbreeding and the spread of defective genes.  It really is a miracle of a sort that the bison specie has been kept alive this long. And this was achieved through careful and deliberate managing in breeding the surviving bison. 

    BTW: You were correct in using the word "bison" instead of "buffalo". The bison is a unique specie that is native to N. America. There were other species around the world, but they had going extinct  over 2 million years ago. When the Europeans encountered the bison, they named them "buffalos" because it was the closet animal in Europe they could think of that resembled the bison.

  • 1 month ago

    If you are joking then you fail at being a troll. If you are serious then you fail at being a human being.

  • 1 month ago

    With only 60 million, they would be spread out too thin to breed as well as they are now.

    Northern great plains is their native territory, I doubt they would go too far south.

  • BBean
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. The new bison is far different from the old bison. New bison probably wouldn`t go out of the pasture if the fence were cut...and if they did get out they would come back when they found out the grass is not really greener on the other side of the fence...or fence gap.

    The new bison have learned to act more like cattle...they stay where the food is delivered to them every day. Yep, those 1500 pound round bales of hay and range cubes have spoiled them.

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  • 1 month ago

    No, a lot fo the bison are west of the line running north from the Texas/NM border.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The carnage of thousands of dead boy scouts would be too great.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Except for a few problems. One they would not be allowed to do that, second the fences would be replaces are soon as they hat passed, third the problem would not be fences it would be things like cities, houses and other buildings not to mention lack of habitat as much of the shortgrass prairie which the bison fed on has been replaces by various types of farms.  There are about 500,000 bison currently exist on private lands and around 30,000 on public lands which includes environmental and government preserves. According to the IUCN, roughly 15,000 bison are considered wild, free-range bison not primarily confined by fencing.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Mooses and huge bears would be released from the Canadian wilds to trample and devour them.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    First, the plural of "bison" is "bison." Second, the American buffalo are what roamed the great plains, and they are now extinct. Bison are but an endangered, lookalike, smaller, less-prolific cousin of the American buffalo.

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