The Parks Canada project to reintroduce bison to the Banff National Park has started with a troubling incident after one of the bison needed to be euthanized on Friday, August 16.
On Sunday, August 5, two bison bulls left the herd, and started moving to separate areas in the national park.
They located one of the bulls on the 16th, after it continued moving eastward, coming closer towards private grazing lands, threatening livestock and the public.
When it showed no signs of stopping, the park staff made the difficult decision to euthanize the bull after considerable efforts were made to re-direct it, and all other options were exhausted.
Parks staff have since managed to find and capture the second bull without incident and have since returned him to the herd.
Parks Canada says the rest of the herd of thirty two bison are still in an optimal location within the park, and they will continue to monitor and support their progress.
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