Bison Reintroduction Project – Episode 1: The Herd Returns – Banff National Park

Bison Reintroduction Project – Episode 1: The Herd Returns – Banff National Park


Title: In 2017, Parks Canada reintroduced wild bison to Banff Naitonal Park Title: after they were absent from the wild for nearly 150 years. Title: Bison Reintroduction Project, Banff National Parks, Episode 1: the Herd Returns We know that bison were an integral part of this landscape. They played an important role in the whole food web and affected all kinds of other species from fish to amphibians to songbirds to predators like wolves and bears. And so one of the key actions in our park management plan most recently, was to work restore wild bison to Banff National Park. We brought bison from Elk Island in February 2017. This last summer, end of July, it was a great honour to actually cut that fence, and pull it back and give them their freedom in this 1200 sq km reintroduction zone. So now, that we have them on the landscape, we’re really trying to understand how they are reintegrating back into this place where they have been gone for a hundred years. The role of our team is now to do the research and to monitor these animals. we have a team of technicians often referred to as the “bison stewards” who go out and work in the backcountry on multiday shifts and monitor the bison for us. So either by doing a heliflight periodically but also getting out on the land whether its skitouring or riding on horseback or hiking. Title: Watch the next episodes to see what it takes to bring bison back to Banff National Park. Title: Follow the herd, Pc.gc.ca/banff-bison, #Banffbison

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