24 July 2012 VIDEO: The Return of the Bison, Part 1 Posted by: John Motsinger | 12 comments | Share: The story of the return of bison to the Great Plains is an important one that connects many Americans to a troubling part of our nation’s past. These iconic animals simultaneously represent the natural beauty of the Wild West, as well as the thoughtless slaughter of a valuable species and the native people who depended on them. That’s why, when we had a chance to be a part of historic efforts to restore bison to Montana tribal lands, we hired Emmy Award-winning filmmakers High Plains Films to help us tell our own part of the story. We wanted to share this tremendous accomplishment with wildlife supporters worldwide and show that it is possible to bring back a mighty creature to its rightful place. So in March, several of us headed out to Montana to join our film crew in documenting the relocation of 61 genetically pure bison from a quarantine facility outside Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. Part 1 of “The Return of the Bison” chronicles the history of plains bison and the role that Defenders has played in helping the tribes at Fort Peck bring the bison back to their reservation. Click here to watch Part 2. Learn more about Defenders efforts to restore bison. 12 Responses to “VIDEO: The Return of the Bison, Part 1” Jennifer Honess July 24th, 2012 Bravo! Well done I am so happy these fabulous creatures now have a safe home….long may it last! Alessio Rivola November 21st, 2012 Good thing! Wonderfull notice! Susan Paige November 21st, 2012 Praise God that Bison on the return. After the “OH MY GOSH” White Man nearly made them Extinct. I am part Cherokee. I am happy these creatures may again roam open praire land and be safe once again till the hillside is Black with Bison. Lisa Morris November 21st, 2012 Awsome news ~ See what a difference we can make when we unite~* Sonya November 21st, 2012 Incredible – the ignorance and stupidity of the human species. Thank goodness for Defenders of Wildlife and other similar organizations who help to make projects like these succeed. Well Done. The Bison are amazing creatures. Amy Orvin November 21st, 2012 I am so proud for the bison. Hip-Hip-Horray!! David Wachsman November 21st, 2012 They are roaming as nature intended MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA November 21st, 2012 EXTRAORDINARY! THESE WONDERFUL CREATURES DESERVE TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE NOT DISTURBED OR HUNTED. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE ANIMALS. Lana November 21st, 2012 fantástico!! Jane Mck November 22nd, 2012 Thanks for making a difference. I am never likely to see these creatures but I feel better knowing that they are there! Rocio November 22nd, 2012 That is fantastic that these beautiful creatures are now in a safe and happy place. They are saved and enjoy what is theirs. Thank you! Helen November 24th, 2012 I agree with you Susan. In Tibet they are killing Tigers for there coats and bones for medicine. The Human Race sucks. There are a few good people but the rest suck. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea. Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona.