Interview with Carsten Heuer, manager of the $6.5m project to reintroduce 16 bison to Panther Valley in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in Jan 2017.
At the beginning of 2017 bison were reintroduced to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Within months the initial population of 16 grew to 26, thanks to the springtime births of 10 calves.
Carsten Heuer is the Bison Reintroduction Project Manager for Banff National Park. He agreed to discuss the work undertaken as part of a $6.5 million project, along with the challenges faced in reintroducing North America’s largest land animal to Canada’s oldest national park..
“Conservation and parks go through phases. In Banff getting established happened over a hundred years ago, in 1885. Initially it was to increase tourism and to generate more money for the railway, to bring more people to the area,” says Carsten.