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Bison plan for California's Catalina Island stirs debate

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 17:34:25-05

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — The nonprofit organization that owns a majority of California’s Santa Catalina Island plans to boost eco-tourism by adding more bison to existing herds, recharging a debate over their environmental impacts.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Catalina Island Conservancy says there has not been a bison calf born on the island in seven years and the herd size has dwindled to 100.

The conservancy board is working to bring two pregnant bison to the island.

A biologist says bison herds stay on isolated patches of grass and adding more animals will not result in more bison sightings by eco-tourists.