A meeting in Banff is being held by the American Bison Society, looking at ways to properly conserve and integrate the big mammal back into the North American wilds.
The plan is to reintroduce the historic and highly-cultural animal in Banff National Park next year.
Bison Program Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Keith Aune says they support any project that restores the species and reconnects it with humans.
“The Banff project is a great one because there’s tremendous interest, it’s a great geography for bison and there’s a bit of community support. pretty exciting for us to celebrate bringing this animal back to the land.”
Aune says Bison are bio-engineers, they develop the land.
“Our histories in Canada and the United States are intimately intertwined with this big massive species that was a force of nature on the big open prairies of the central parts of North America.”
Over the past decade or so, Aune says that groups have made great strides returning bison back to the land across Canada, the US and Mexico.