BY Deborah Hastings Tuesday, April 7, 2015 NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The woolly mammals, hunted to near-extinction, were led by Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees into an expanse of meadows in the Lower Innoko/Yukon rivers, KTVA-TV reported.
The bison had been collected over a 20-year process, in which the state received several of the massive beasts from Canada. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center flew the 1,500-pound animals on cargo planes to the release site.
The North American animals that once roamed the continent in large numbers were driven to extinction by over hunting.