Metis Nation of Alberta marks ‘historic’ birth of two bison calves

SMOKY LAKE, Alta.- The Metis Nation of Alberta is celebrating the birth of two bison calves at a cultural park northeast of Edmonton. The new additions at Metis Crossing come after 20 wood bison were transferred to the traditional lands last year from Elk Island National Park. It had been around 160 years since the animals lived there before they were reintroduced to the area in 2021. Metis Nation president Audrey Poitras says the return of bison to the region marks a milestone in reconciliation. She says the animals were nearly driven to extinction by settlers, forcing bison hunts to stop. The calves will live among a herd of wood and plains bison, as well as 25 elk and 20 horses that roam the grounds. “The birth of these calves…

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