I think first we need to establish continuous habitat and restore pre-colonial fire regimes before we release bison into a system that is no longer suited for them. The southeast, at least, has lost 90% of it’s grasslands.
may i make a suggestion? it’s fine if you’re going to start multiple subjects about different kinds of reintroductions, but if you’re going to always pivot back to a plug for your preserve, please just keep those all in the original topic related to the preserve: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/southern-u-s-quaternary-nature-preserve/39711 (rather than creating a bunch of new threads).
just to clarify here, the Woodland Bison that jasonhernandez74 is talking about is different from the Wood bison that you’re talking about. as he noted, the Woodland Bison was just an ecologically separate population of Plains Bison. (genetically, they would be more or less the same subspecies.)
presumably, that would mean that you could transport some Plains Bison into wooded mountains, and they would be able to survive, but these kinds of things don’t always work as you would expect.
Ok, but to restate, the woodland bison was not a separate subspecies as originally stated. They were in fact Plains Bison. And considering the presence of bison in the east was relatively recent, thanks in large part to the burning practices of indigenous peoples, I have no reason to believe that Plains Bison wouldn’t behave similarly if that situation was replicated.
While environment (not genetics) may have influenced some habits, like the size of herds, to differ from their Plains siblings, they were still Bison bison bison – It was the Plains Buffalo that trampled ground and shaped earth under hoof