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Lost Tracks

Buffalo National Park, 1909-1939

While contemporaries and historians alike hailed the establishment of Buffalo National Park in Wainwright, Alberta as a wildlife saving effort, the political climate of the early 20th century worked against it. The Canadian Parks Branch was never sufficiently funded to operate BNP effectively or to remedy the crises the animals faced as a result. Cross-breeding experiments with bison and domestic cattle proved unfruitful. Attempts at commercializing the herd had no success. Ultimately, the Department of National Defence repurposed the park for military training and the bison disappeared once more.

176 pages

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Where the Buffalo Roamed

Chapter 2: Bison Conservation and Buffalo National Park

Chapter 3: A Well-Run Ranch

Chapter 4: Zookeepers and Animal Breeders

Chapter 5: "Evolving the Arctic Cow"

Conclusion: A Forgotten Park


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