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 Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.