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Parks planning for unknowns before plains bison released into wild

While 26 plains bison have been living in the backcountry of Banff National Park for the past year, there are still plenty of unknown factors concerning what exactly is going to happen when they are released into the wild this summer.

Those unknown possibilities range from how they will interact with predators like wolves and grizzly bears, to where they will range on the landscape and what would happen if they range too far and step outside the national park onto provincial lands where their status is still in question.

The variables are enough to keep bison reintroduction manager for Parks Canada Karsten Heuer busy this winter working on a plan for how the agency will manage the animals on the landscape when they are released this year as part of a five-year reintroduction pilot project.

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