Lynden Helps Relocate Bison Bulls to Sitkalidak Island
Paul Friese, vice president of Alaska sales for Lynden Transport, responded to the call with the usual can-do attitude. Gathering all the details, he quickly put the team in motion. Lynden Driver Clay Bonty met the FedEx plane in Anchorage, carefully loaded the special 20-foot container containing the three bison and headed to Homer. “This was a very special project,” Paul says. “We were happy to be involved and assist the Alutiiq Tribe.”
The container weighed in at 4,500 pounds, plus three bulls at 1,200 pounds each, for a total weight of 8,100 pounds. Once Clay reached Homer, the container was loaded onto a landing craft vessel bound for Sitkalidak Island.
The bulls are settled in and doing well. They are outfitted with GPS collars that provide hourly updates on their status. “From trucks, plane, and landing craft, these animals have come a long way. A huge thank you to our supporters at Lynden Transport for safely getting the bison to Homer and secured on the vessel for the last leg of their journey.”
Five years ago, Lynden was involved in another bison relocation project using Lynden Air Cargo‘s L-100 cargo plane. Employees spent three days loading 100 wood bison into special containers in Portage for truck transport to Anchorage via Alaska West Express. All 100 animals were loaded in Anchorage and delivered safely in three flights to Shageluk for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.