Bison returned to Banff National Park Feb. 1 after a 140-year absence.
Sixteen wild Plains bison were released into the park’s Panther Valley, where they will be held in a 45-acre pasture and monitored by Parks Canada for 16 months to acclimatize.
Sometime around June 2018, they will be released into the full 1,200 sq. mile reintroduction zone along the eastern slopes of the Rockies within the park, where they will interact with other native species.
Bison were once the dominant grazers in the park and be...