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Bison Restoration

Bison Restoration

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment

Bison Galloping, (credit: Eadweard Muybridge)

The restoration of the bison (Bison bison) to their original range in Canada's Banff National Park is now in progress. The hoofed 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 shaggy beasts represent one of the great stories in wildlife conservation. The Canadian's are now trying to replicate this success with a plains bison population of their own.

It should be expected that similar to the wolves being returned to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the buffalos in Banff will bring rapid changes to the ecology of the Canadian park as their numbers grow to a sustaining level. Their restoration is the result of mindful planning, good engineering, an understanding of animal behavior, and luck.

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