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Smokey, right, and her kitten Milou are presently available for adoption, shown here in their temporary home at the Montreal SPCA on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Shelters in Quebec are bracing for the annual influx of animals left behind during the province's

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Smokey, right, and her kitten Milou are presently available for adoption, shown here in their temporary home at the Montreal SPCA on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Shelters in Quebec are bracing for the annual influx of animals left behind during the province's "moving day," although advocates are hopeful the government will consider ditching a no-pet clause as it proposes new rules governing the status of animals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Montreal SPCA/Anita Kapuscinska

Re-introduced purebred bison thriving on the Saskatchewan prairie

CLAYDON, Sask. - It's as if they never left.

Eleven years after 50 purebred plains bison were re-introduced to a rolling patch of prairie grass and sagebrush in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, the herd is thriving.

In 2003, the shaggy beasts were trucked in from Elk Island National Park in Alberta ...

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