Courtesy image of a grazing bison.

They are not native to the Island. The bison population has to be kept low in order to protect the larger Island habitat. That requires time, work and resources that might be expended more productively on other projects. I realize the bison are part of the Island’s image, but wouldn’t the bison and the Island alike be better off if the herd were relocated to somewhere on the mainland?

I’m just asking.

2 Responses to “Does Catalina Island really need bison?”

  • Cynthia:

    What are you talking about. I dont understand why people with the environment in mind would destroy a thriving bison herd in the name of environmentalism. Go find another project. I’m so tired of people thinking that destruction of thriving herds and environments are better served by their destruction, relocation or transplanting. This herd would not be able to survive anywhere else, these are not members of the original herd anymore, they are their offspring. It would be like taking the bald eagle and transplanting them to Mount Vesuvius. Find another project please leave the bison alone.

    • Charles Kelly:

      Bison are already relocated when the herd population becomes too big for the Island. The bison are not destroyed. I stand by position.

      That said, Cynthia, the Islander would like to print your comment as a letter to the editor. However, in order to do that we need to know your last name and city of residence. Please visit the blog again.

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