Banff Bison

For the first time in 100 years, Bison are roaming in Banff National Park. Sixteen of them have been re-introduced to their new habitat via trucks and helicopters transporting them from Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton. While conservation groups are thrilled at the efforts, ranchers on the eastern slopes of the park are worried that they could destroy property and introduce disease to their livestock. The Bison will be carefully monitored by Parks Canada for the next 16 months in an enclosed valley before being allowed to roam and interact with the ecosystem by next summer. Harvey Locke, a conservationist, writer and trustee with the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in Banff, says the day is a historic moment and that the Bison will adapt to their new home.
“I don’t think the challenges for this herd are very large, because we know from the archeological record that bison were in this park for over 10,000 years.… I think it’s going to go very, very well, because it’s a native species in its native habitat.”
Source: CBC

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