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Banff bison herd bolstered by 10 new calves

The bison recently moved from Elk Island Park to establish a wild herd in Banff National Park. Parks Canada says the new arrivals are doing well.

Healthy youngsters 'the future of bison restoration in Banff', Parks Canada says

Ten bison calves born into a herd that was moved from Elk Island Park to Banff National Park are doing well, Parks Canada says. 0:41

Ten bison calves born into a herd that was moved from Elk Island Park to Banff National Park are doing well, Parks Canada says.

The calves were born in the backcountry between April and May, bringing the herd's number to 26.

"These new additions represent the future of bison restoration in Banff National Park," Parks Canada said in a release.

One of the 10 recently born bison calves sniffs the fresh grass in Banff National Park. (Parks Canada/Karsten Heuer)

"For the next few months, the calves will stay close to their mothers as they navigate their new world."

The initial 16 adult bison — primarily pregnant two year olds — were brought to Banff in February. The herd is being kept in a remote paddock until next year, when more calves are expected to be born.

Parks Canada says the 10 bison calves are healthy and doing well. (Parks Canada/Karsten Heuer)

Parks Canada has closed off the area around the pasture, with a 25 metre buffer zone, at the confluence of Panther River and Wigmore Creek, near the Windy patrol cabin.

Camping is prohibited within 400 metres of the pasture to minimize disturbance to the herd so the animals stay calm and get accustomed to their new home over two calving seasons. 

A bison calf rests while its mother stays close. (Parks Canada/Karsten Heuer)
A bison calf nurses from its mother. For the next few months, the calves will stay close to their mothers. (Parks Canada/Karsten Heuer)
Two bison calves chase an adult as they roam the Panther Valley in Banff National Park. (Parks Canada/Karsten Heuer)