Help bring wild plains bison back to Banff National Park

Parks Canada is planning to reintroduce a free-roaming herd of wild plains bison to Banff National Park, more than a century after they last roamed the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Reintroducing plains bison is an important step towards restoring the ecological integrity of Banff National Park.

Until November 1st, park officials are inviting Canadians to provide feedback on their draft bison re-introduction plan. Letters from across Canada will help ensure this exciting project goes ahead.

What CPAWs is saying:

  • We strongly support the plan to reintroduce free-roaming plains bison to Banff National Park as an important step in restoring the ecological integrity of the park.
  • We recognize some fencing will be needed at the outset to confine the bison to certain areas, and to discourage them from leaving the park. However, it is very important that the fences do not impede the movement of other wildlife species, and that they be removed as soon as possible, with the exception of a permanent fence at Carrot Creek near Canmore.
  • We recommend that the federal government provide specific long term financial support to Parks Canada to ensure the success of this exciting project.

Please take a few minutes to let Parks Canada know you support bringing free-roaming wild plains bison back to Banff National Park by sending Parks Canada a brief letter of support.

Write your message in the form below, fill out your contact information, and click "Submit".

For more information:

Full CPAWS comment submission to Parks Canada
Read Parks Canada’s draft bison plan here
Visit the “Bison Belongs” website

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Photo: Plains bison - Jason Miles