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Bison Restoration on National Bison Day

Bison Restoration on National Bison Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, November 3, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment

Bison Galloping, (credit: Eadweard Muybridge)

The 1st Saturday in November has been set aside for an animal of national importance, the American Bison. On this National Bison Day we re-publish our post on the conservation of this nobel animal after a century of protection, once nearly on the edge of extinction. So, celebrate National Bison Day in recognition of the ecological, cultural, historical, and economic contributions provided by this national icon. The Editors.

The restoration of the bison (Bison bison) to their original range in Canada's Banff National Park is underway. The shaggy animals haven't been part of Canada's northern Great Plains since being exterminated at the beginning of the 20th Century. Coming back from the edge of extinction in the USA, the beasts represent one of the great success stories in wildlife conservation. The Canadian's are now trying to replicate the US success with a bison restoration program of their own. The early results of the reintroduction planning has been rewarding.

As their numbers grow it is expected that, similar to the wolves being returned to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the Canadian buffaloes will bring rapid changes to the ecosystem in the park. Ecological restoration success comes from mindful planning, good engineering, an understanding of animal behavior, good timing, and luck.



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