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59 bison dead in Wood Buffalo National Park

The cause of death is likely caused by an anthrax outbreak

An anthrax outbreak has been reported in the remote areas of the Wood Buffalo National Park.

Parks Canada has observed 59 carcasses with three lab-confirmed cases located in Sweetgrass, Trident Creek/Trident Meadows, Peace Point Junction West, Flat Grass, and Lake One areas.

Parks Canada stated that bison in the area have been affected because of their love to wallow in the dirt.

Mortality alerts from collared bison were reported in the middle of July. Shortly after the alert, Parks Canada staff noticed several dead bison.

Parks Canada says the risk to public is "very low".

The last time there was an anthrax outbreak in the park was in 2015.

 

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