Yellowstone bison, © Jonathan Proctor/Defenders

VIDEO: The Return of the Bison, Part 1

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”

  1. Jennifer Honess

    Bravo! Well done I am so happy these fabulous creatures now have a safe home….long may it last!

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  2. Susan Paige

    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.

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    • Helen

      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.

  3. Sonya

    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.

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  4. MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA

    EXTRAORDINARY! THESE WONDERFUL CREATURES DESERVE TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE NOT DISTURBED OR HUNTED. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE ANIMALS.

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  5. Jane Mck

    Thanks for making a difference. I am never likely to see these creatures but I feel better knowing that they are there!

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  6. Rocio

    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!

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