Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

A genetically pure plains bison and its calf roam in Alberta’s Elk Island National Park. 

The shipment of animals from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the U.S. and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed.

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