The Bison Are Back in Banff

This post was written by guest blogger Tehjae Tsukada. Bison are roaming Banff National Park for the first time in over 100 years thanks to efforts by Parks Canada. On February 1, 2017, the Bison were moved to the Panther Valley from Elk Island. This official reintroduction marks the beginning of a five-year plan laid out by Parks Canada. Currently, the Bison are in the soft-release stage. They will be contained in a 12-hectare pasture for another 16 months. Eventually, Parks Canada intends to allow the Bison to roam a 1,200 km2 reintroduction zone along the eastern borders of Banff. This video posted by Parks Canada details the behind the scenes of choosing a location for the Bison as well as the… read more →