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A new herd of American bison arrives in Mexico

The Janos de Chihuahua Biosphere Reserve to the Protection Areas of Flora and Fauna Maderas del Carmen and Ocampo de Coahuila transferred 19 bison to the Coahuila plains after they disappeared from the area over 100 years ago.

The American bison is the largest land mammal in the American continent, this impressive species was part of the life on plains of Canada, the United States and Mexico where it belonged to the cultural and worldview dynamics of indigenous American societies.

The National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) specifies that 200 years ago the planet had at least 30 million bison, but due to the destruction of grasslands, diseases and hunting they began to disappear.

Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Durango were territories home to the bison, however, in the second half of the 19th century, there were no more bison in Mexico, until researchers, members of civil society organizations, academia, private sector, international organizations, and the Mexican government developed a proposal to bring bison back to the country.

A donation of 23 bison from the United States National Park Service from Wind Cave National Park was then obtained as part of a bi-national collaboration to recover the species.

On November 9, 2009, in the Janos Biosphere Reserve, Chihuahua, these 23 specimens were received as a conservation herd and in order for them to lead to the creation of other herds.

Conanp informs through a statement that 10 years later the Janos herd, Chihuahua exceeds 200 specimens and now a second herd is established in the Maderas del Carmen and Ocampo Flora and Fauna Protection Areas, in Coahuila. Via land, 19 bison successfully arrived, with which these specimens were finally placed in Coahuilense lands.

The task has not been easy, for the success of this project, Conanp thanks the Coahuila Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology of the Government of Chihuahua, CEMEX, SAB de CV (“CEMEX”) ( BMV: CEMEXCPO), AES México, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Autonomous Metropolitan University, to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States, Tutuaca Mountain School, PROFAUNA AC, to the General Directorate of Wildlife, to the Service of Health, Safety and Agro-Food Quality (SENASICA), PROFEPA and a hundred people for their valuable support in the recovery of bison and other species at risk.

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