Wood Bison

Wood Bison
Bison bison athabascae
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Under Consideration
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 
At Risk

Wood bison, northern cousins of the plains bison, are North America's largest land mammals.  A wood bison can be recognized by its huge head, a large shoulder hump in front of its front legs, and shaggy brown fur on its shoulders and front legs. Both sexes have short black horns. Males are larger than females and can reach 3.8 m in length and more than 1.8 m in height. Wood bison are massive creatures ranging in weight from 550 to 1,000 kg.