First bison calves born in Banff National Park in over 140 years

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‘It’s a huge milestone’: Bison calves born in Banff for first time in over a century
WATCH ABOVE: Bill Hunt from Parks Canada explains the significance of the first bison calves being born in Banff National Park in over a century – Apr 25, 2017

Canadians are getting their first glimpse at the newest additions to Banff National Park’s wild bison.

Parks Canada released photos on Tuesday of the first bison calf born in the Panther Valley on April 22. Since then, two more have been born.

“Things are going really well, it was amazing the first calf was actually born on Earth Day, ironically,” Bill Hunt with Parks Canada said.

Hunt said there’s now ten pregnant females in back country Banff along with six males.

On Feb. 1, 2017 Plains bison were transferred from Elk Island National Park, east of Edmonton, to the Panther Valley in Banff National Park.

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It’s the first phase of a five-year pilot project to reintroduce wild bison to Banff’s eastern slopes.

“It’s a huge milestone in this project, this will help tie the cows to that site and for the calves born this spring, Banff will be the only home they’ve ever known,” Hunt said.

This little calf is the first bison born in Banff National Park’s backcountry in over 140 years. Adam Zier-Vogel / Parks Canada

The federal government said the reintroduction of the bison is not only ecologically important, but has a “great spiritual meaning” for indigenous peoples.


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