Buffalo Dung Lake

Feature type: lake
Province: British Columbia
Location: Former name of Yellowhead Lake

“A few years ago buffalo skulls, old and weathered, were not uncommonly found in the mountains bordering the upper Athabasca Valley. Numbers were found on the east side of the Athabasca River, some fifteen miles south of Henry House, at a point locally known as Buffalo Prairie. Mr. Lewis Swift told me that at the time he came into this country, some seventeen years ago, the oldest Indians could not remember the living buffalo. People then seventy-five years old knew nothing of the animals beyond the fact that the bleached sksletons were there. These buffalo probably wandered into the region by the route of the present road, and this point doubtless marks the western limit, at a very early day, of the former range of the species in Yellowhead Pass.” So wrote a member of the Alpine Club’s 1911 expedition to the Yellowhead pass.

References:

  • Hollister, Ned. “Mammals of the Alpine Club Expedition to the Mount Robson Region.” Canadian Alpine Journal Special Number (1912).

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