Officials Want to “Reintroduce” the Plains Bison – to the Mountains

If you’d like to have your say on the plan to reintroduce plains bison to the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, this would be a good place to go.


For Immediate Release – February 8, 2011 

Living with Bison

Presentation and Round-Table Discussion


Banff, Alberta – The latest Banff National Park Management Plan states a goal of reintroducing a breeding population of bison into Banff National Park, with a targeted area of the East Slopes. The reintroduction proposal has both proponents and adversaries, and the Whyte Museum will host back-to-back opportunities to both hear from the experts and make individual voices heard.


Living with Bison
Friday February 18, $2 admission, Members FREE

Noon, Part One

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation of what the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) would mean for Banff National Park. Speakers will include Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss the experiences of living with bison near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Kevin Van Tighem, Banff National Park Superintendent on Parks Canada’s vision about bringing wild bison into the park.

 1:30 PM, Part Two

Listen to a stimulating round-table discussion about the impact of the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) to Banff National Park. A number of experts – including Bill Hunt, Parks Canada; Leslie Taylor, Consultant; Harvey Locke, Trustee, The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation; Cliff White, Research Director, Canadian Rockies Bison Initiative; Gord Vaadeland, Executive Director of the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards, SK; and Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce – will discuss their varied perspectives on this issue while welcoming audience questions and input.


These sessions are presented in collaboration with the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.