My blog this month is a piece I published recently in Discover Magazine. According to a study coming out of Texas, every bison in North America is polluted with cattle genes. It’s a disappointment for some. But it could also mark the start of a different future with large animals.
See what you think.
“What the Loss of Pure Bison Means for Conservation.” Discover, August 1st, 2022.
Photo by Tim Hughes
One Reply to “When Wildlife Can’t Get Away”
Excellent article. Bison conservation has been uniquely hung up on the concept of genetic purity.
I do wonder whether this “discovery” of genetic hybridization will have the unfortunate effect of fanning the fears of brucellosis transmission between bison and cattle. Let’s hope not.