Plains bison reintroduction

Banff National Park

Wild bison return to Canada’s first national park

Parks Canada is pleased to announce that bison now roam free in Banff National Park. After an absence of over a century, the return of wild plains bison is a historic, ecological and cultural triumph.

On July 29, 2018, we released 31 bison from the soft-release pasture in Panther Valley, and they now roam a 1200 sq km reintroduction zone. They are fulfilling their role in the ecosystem as “keystone species” by creating a vibrant mosaic of habitats that benefits bugs to birds to bears, and hundreds of other species.

What's next?

Parks Canada is approaching the end of the 5-year Plains Bison Reintroduction Pilot. To mark this conclusion, Parks Canada has prepared its Report on the Bison Reintroduction Pilot 2017 – 2022. The Report is a draft, summarizing Parks Canada’s learnings over the last 5-years.

Help guide the discussion for the future plains bison in Banff National Park! A 30-day public engagement opportunity is now open for Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and the public to share feedback and comments on the draft Report.

Report on the Bison Reintroduction Pilot 2017 – 2022

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