Banff plans for return of bison – Vancouver Sun

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September 10, 2013

Parks Canada has released a proposal to bring plains bison back to Banff National Park, starting with a five-year pilot project for up to 50 animals in the backcountry before expanding to a larger, more visible area.

The much-anticipated draft plan, released Monday, suggests a phased approach to return bison to their natural habitat in the Rocky Mountains.

“We want to start with a small, five-year pilot, putting somewhere between 30 to 50 animals into a fairly remote backcountry area in Banffand see how that works,” said Bill Hunt, manager of resource conservation with Banff National Park.

But it won’t happen for at least another year or two.

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