Bisons getting much needed help

24 October 2020 # Hope

On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected sanctuary – they are on tribal lands. Belonging to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck Reservation, the 340 bison is the largest conservation herd in the ongoing bison restoration efforts by North America’s Indigenous people.

The tribe is negotiating with state officials to allow these bison, which are free of brucellosis, to range freely into Glacier National Park and even, hopefully, one day as north as Waterton Lakes National Park and Blood Tribe Reservation Canada – which would make it the first international bison herd in over a century.