Northern bison sanctuary or big ranch?: Wood Buffalo National Park

Sandlos, John (2013) Northern bison sanctuary or big ranch?: Wood Buffalo National Park. Arcadia: National Parks In Time and Place.

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Wood Buffalo National Park claims many distinctions: it is North America’s biggest national park (and the world’s second biggest at 44,807 km² ), a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the largest free-roaming herd of wood bison, the first federal park in Canada’s territorial north, summer home to the last major migratory flock of whooping cranes, and the largest dark-sky reserve on the planet. These accolades may lend themselves to a popular image of remote wilderness, but the park’s wildlife has also been subject to some of the most intrusive and ill-conceived management interventions in Canadian history.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 2420
Keywords: bisons, conservation, cranes, indigenous peoples, management, national parks, wildlife
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Wood Buffalo National Park; Alberta; Northwest Territories; Canada
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