Wood Bison Conservation

Photo by Andrew Whitham

Elk Island supports North America’s oldest herd of pure-bred Wood Bison and these are maintained disease (bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis) free through the Park's rigorous disease testing and management program. During the course of this program the bison are counted and excess animals are exported to restock and reintroduce wild herds across Canada and parts of the United states. The FEIS are committed to assist in the establishment of self-sustaining, free-roaming wild herds.