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The last buffalo?

History pages from the June 1948 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Last Buffalo?
W. Henry McKay

‘In the December, 1947, issue of Canadian Cattlemen, Mr. C.D. LaNauze, police magistrate of Lacombe, Alta., asked his readers to tell when the last wild buffalo were killed on the western plains; so here is my effort to answer his query.

Samuel McKay, who was my father, held the distinction of having killed the last two wild buffalo in Alberta on the 1st day of June, 1888, which will be 60 years ago the first of this June. I was only six years of age at that time, but I remember well when he returned from Medicine Hat with two buffalo heads.’

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