‘Bison imported from Canada breeds very well in Yakutia’
Ecology Ministry employee told that bison, imported to Yakutia from Canada, look better than Canadian ones
The importation of forest bison from Canada to Yakutia in 2020 will be the fourth one. This project is implemented to recreate a viable population of American forest bison in Yakutia. Yakov Sivtsev, head of the Directorate of Bioresources and Specially Protected Natural Areas at the Yakutia Ecology Ministry told it in an interview to Yakutia 24 TV channel.
“I think that by 2020 we will reach 300 heads, that is considered the minimum viable population and will allow us to move to the next set goal. Now our bison breed very well. Their total number in two nurseries “Ust-Buotuma” in the Khangalassky district and “Tympynai” in Gorny region of Yakutia is 220 goals.
People should understand that a bison is a meat breed. In Canada, they are bred exclusively for farms, which is a big contribution to the economy.
“You’ll ask: why do we need bison when we have horses? It should be borne in mind that the weight of an adult bison reaches one ton, and its meat is considered a delicacy and is valued throughout the world. In addition, bison is unpretentious and its keep does not incur large costs,” Yakov Sivtsev explained.
He noted that the Canadian colleagues are surprised by the fact that the Yakut bison looks much plumper than its Canadian counterpart.