The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment protecting parks * protecting tourism

Home » Breaking News » First Bison Calf Born in Banff’s Backcountry in over 140 Years

April 22, 2017 – Parks Canada Agency.

On April 22 (Earth Day), 2017, the first bison calf was born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years. Parks Canada anticipates that as many as 10 calves will be born throughout the end of April and May 2017.
To minimize disturbance on the recently reintroduced and still captive herd as they adapt to their new home, Parks Canada has issued a temporary Area Closure and Restricted Activity Order around the soft-release pasture site.


·        Parks Canada is demonstrating world leadership in species recovery by taking a careful, animal-health focused approach to the bison reintroduction to Banff National Park.


·        The new calf is healthy and doing well. Like other bison calves, it is already on its feet and staying close to its mother.
·        To give the new calves the best chance to adjust to their new home, Parks Canada has issued an Area Closure of the pasture (including a 25 m buffer) at the confluence of Panther River and Wigmore Creek, near the Windy patrol cabin. A Restricted Activity Order will restrict camping within 400 m of the pasture to minimize disturbance to the herd so they remain calm and can anchor to their new home over two calving seasons.
·        The Area Closure and Restricted Area Order are in place as of April 3, 2017 and will remain in effect until further notice.
·        Visitors interested in travelling to the Panther Valley area will need to be prepared for remote, non-motorized wilderness travel. The soft-release pasture is a 4 day return hike on trails that lack bridges across most creeks or rivers and, depending on your route, are not well-marked.  For safety information regarding backcountry travel, please visit our website:
·        Visitors traveling in the backcountry must also purchase a wilderness pass and it should be noted that backcountry camping fees (and grazing fees for equestrian users) will continue to apply. For more information, please visit Parks Canada’s website:
·        Book your backcountry travel at visitor centres located in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and/or Yoho national parks.
·        Connecting Canadians with the reintroduction is a key component of the project. We will provide opportunities for Canadians to follow the bison story, ranging from online updates and virtual experiences, to in-park special events and on-the ground volunteer opportunities. Some activities have already been launched on a small scale and will begin in earnest in 2017 to span the life of the pilot project (2017-2022).

Thank you for your patience and support over the next few years throughout this historic project. 



Comments are closed.

  • RSS
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin

Upcoming Events

Snow Days

January 18 - 28, 2018. Banff. An Outdoor Gallery of Snow ...

Ice Magic Festival

January 18 - 28, 2018. Lake Louise. Set in the spectacular ...

Avalanche Awareness sessions great for beginners and locals

January 18, 2018 - Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan ...