After facing the tough decision to euthanize one of the two wayward bison bulls in Banff National Park last month, parks staff has recently announced the other has been found, captured and safetly relocated from danger.
In early August, two adult bulls wandered away from the recently introduced herd, and threatened to move into private property.
Parks Canada attemped to capture and relocate both bulls, but due to the the distance from the travelling herd, wildfire smoke impeding helicopter transport, and the speed the bison was moving, they were required to euthanize one of them, and lost contact with the other.
Several days later, the second adult bull was found, and they were able to capture, restrain and relocate it to safety.
To move the adult bison, a custom "bison bag" was made to transport the animal, which was then airlifted with a helicopter, to a temporary home in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Now staff are deciding whether the animal can be safetly reintroduced back into the existing herd.
The Banff reintroduction project is ongoing, with national park crews attempting to reintroduce the species to their historical home.
The current herd now consists of ten adult females, four adult bulls, ten yearlings and nine calves.
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