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Support for the Return of Bison to Banff National Park

MP Blake Richards with Marie-Eve Marchand of Bison Belong and Bill Luxton of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in background.

MP Blake Richards with Marie-Eve Marchand of Bison Belong and Bill Luxton of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation (background).

By Afton Aikens

Visitors to Banff National Park in 2015 may see a wider array of wildlife adorning the landscape. On January 23, Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Alberta’s Wild Rose district, received nearly 3,000 signed postcards supporting the reintroduction of wild plains bison to the park.

The Bison Belong initiative, founded by the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation, presented the cards to Richards at an event where Town of Banff officials, local business owners and supporters were present. The cards were signed by Albertans, Canadians and people from around the world.

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In fall 2013, Parks Canada carried out a nationwide public consultation with more than 1,000 Canadians on the plan to reintroduce bison to Banff National Park, where they roamed until their extinction from the area in the 1800s.

The project is not official, however Bison Belong hopes it will be given the go-ahead this year. Bill Luxton, board chairman of the Luxton foundation said, “2015 is a great year to return bison to Banff National Park. We are pleased to share with MP Richards this outpouring of public support for this good news opportunity to bring bison back to where they belong.”

Learn more about the Bison Belong initiative.

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