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! Reply Alessio Rivola November 21st, 2012 Good thing! Wonderfull notice! Reply 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. Reply 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. Lisa Morris November 21st, 2012 Awsome news ~ See what a difference we can make when we unite~* Reply 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. Reply Amy Orvin November 21st, 2012 I am so proud for the bison. Hip-Hip-Horray!! Reply David Wachsman November 21st, 2012 They are roaming as nature intended Reply 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. Reply Lana November 21st, 2012 fantástico!! Reply 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! Reply 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! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Chasing eyeshine Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures. Small Refuge, Big Impact: Wildlife Conservation on the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge Thanks to continued efforts to restore bison in the American West, a herd of bison can call the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge home. A Drought Action Plan for California Careful drought planning is essential for a healthy economy and thriving wildlife and ecosystems in California.