Bison Reintroduced to Banff National Park for First Time in 140 Years

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Immense herds of up to 30 million bison once thundered across the plains of North America.

Like their American brethren, overhunted Canadian plains bison came dangerously close to extinction in the late 1800s.

In an effort to reverse the damage, Parks Canada on Feb. 1 successfully restored 16 healthy bison—transporting them the 280 miles from Elk Island National Park, 30 miles east of Edmonton, Alberta, to their original, rightful home on the eastern slopes of Banff National Park.

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