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A Bison Homecoming: The Elk Island National Park plains bison transfer to American Prairie Reserve

In the early 1900s, the last large herd of wild bison on the Montana plains, the Pablo-Allard herd, was purchased by the Government of Canada and moved to Alberta forming the herd at what would become Elk Island National Park; Canada’s first wildlife sanctuary. At that time, they were the last plains bison in North America. In 2012, Elk Island National Park transferred 71 bison to American Prairie Reserve. The bison ‘homecoming’ is a heart-warming chapter in the history of the near-extinction and slow comeback of plains bison in North America. American Prairie Reserve’s work to set aside lands for prairie wildlife has united with Parks Canada’s work in conserving plains bison to strengthen a future for a magnificent animal that is part of the shared heritage of both nations.

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