Gormley - Saskatchewan's New Buffalo Herd
For the first time ever, a herd of bison is roaming within the city limits of Saskatoon. A small herd of 11 plains bison was reintroduced to their natural habitat in Wanuskewin Heritage Park Friday, marking several milestones as scientists work to restore the bison from the brink of extinction. Notably, this herd also represents the reunification of two separate bison bloodlines, as it combines herds from Grasslands National Park and Yellowstone in the USA. Wanuskewin is also working towards a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation as the best representation of northern plains Indigenous culture on Earth, and they expect the bison herd will help their pitch. To discuss the herd's cultural, historical, and environmental importance John is joined by archaeologist and Wanuskewin co-founder Dr. Ernie Walker.