Elk Island National Park is the home of Canada’s conservation herds for Plains and Wood Bison. For over 100 years Parks Canada has cared for and maintained these herds; plains bison beginning in 1907 and wood bison in 1967. By sharing bison with conservation projects around the world, Parks Canada has played a vital role in bringing bison back from the brink of extinction. To ensure our herds remain healthy and viable each herd is managed in alternate years: one year wood bison (found in the park area south of Hwy 16); the next year plains bison (found north of Hwy 16). A handling facility is located in each area and the process is the same for each sub-species. Follow the disease-testing and handling progress through these photos from the Wood Bison Handling of January of 2015.