Wild bison return to Canada’s first national park

Parks Canada is pleased to announce that bison now roam free in Banff National Park. After an absence of over a century, the return of wild plains bison is a historic, ecological and cultural triumph.

This marks the beginning of the next phase in the reintroduction project: free-roaming.  On July 29, 2018, we released 31 bison from the soft-release pasture in Panther Valley, and they are now free to roam in a 1200 sq km reintroduction zone. They will start to fulfill their role in the ecosystem as “keystone species” by creating a vibrant mosaic of habitats that benefits bugs to birds to bears, and hundreds of other species.

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What’s next?

  • Year 1 and 2 (2017-2018) – Soft-release: The herd was held in an enclosed pasture in the Panther Valley, so they could bond to their new home.
  • Years 3 to 5 (2018-2022) – Free-roaming: In summer 2018, the bison were released to explore the full ~1200 km2 reintroduction zone in the remote eastern slopes of Banff.
  • Throughout the project the herd will be closely monitored by Parks Canada.
     

Be part of the reintroduction journey!

  • Follow the bison story on our social channels
  • Join the conversation by using #banffbison.
  • Track updates from the field on our Bison Blog

For questions or more information contact:

Caroline Hedin
Banff Field Unit, Parks Canada
Caroline.Hedin@pc.gc.ca


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