Bi­son ques­tion is com­plex

Canada's History - - THE PACKET -

Let­ter writer Don Chap­man crit­i­cizes Gar­rett Wil­son [“Refugee Cri­sis,” Fe­bru­ary-March 2017] for not call­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of the bi­son from the north­ern plains a sys­tem­atic slaugh­ter. It’s not that sim­ple. A new col­lec­tion of es­says [co-edited by the writer], Bi­son and Peo­ple on the North Amer­i­can Great Plains: A Deep En­vi­ron­men­tal His­tory, of­fers a more com­pre­hen­sive ex­pla­na­tion for what hap­pened — how it was a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors and not only a con­se­quence of in­dis­crim­i­nate killing by white hunters. The story is com­plex, nu­anced, and in­ter­est­ing. Bill Waiser Saska­toon

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