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Help Bison get designated as Wildlife in Alberta

Help us revise the status of bison in Alberta and correct a mistake of the past. Bison are wildlife and are a critical part of a fully functioning ecosystem. Let’s revise our legislation to reflect this fact.

Bison have been missing from the landscape since the late 1880s in Alberta after herds were decimated by humans, with numbers going from over 30 million bison to just a few hundred individuals. Canada and our National Parks played a key role in saving this iconic species from extinction over a hundred years ago; it is now time to help its ecological restoration once again.

Help us revise the status of bison in Alberta and correct a mistake of the past. Bison are wildlife and are a critical part of a fully functioning ecosystem. Let’s revise our legislation to reflect this fact.

The threat

Currently bison are not designated as wildlife in Alberta. Without wildlife designation, the reintroduction of wild bison back into Banff National Park or anywhere else in Alberta will have added logistical difficulty. Banff National Park’s current management practices include building a number of permeable fences to keep bison off provincial land rather than creating a more beneficial co-management plan on both federal and provincial land, like we see in Saskatchewan with wild bison. Under current regulations, any bison that leaves the park will be considered stray livestock.

What CPAWS is doing

CPAWS fully supports the practice of commercially raising bison as livestock under Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Regulations. But we also believe that wild bison should be given a chance to take their rightful place in Alberta’s wilderness, subject to the full suite of natural processes. We are asking you to join our neighbouring provinces and designate wild bison as wildlife in Alberta.

Take Action

Make Bison Wildlife in Alberta
Make Bison Wildlife in Alberta
Send your comments and concerns to Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks using the link below
Send an email to the Minisiter

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