The role of commercial bison production in conservation strategies in Canada

Authors

  • Brianne A. Altmann Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, Germany, Lacombe Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2417-2053
  • Manuel Juárez Lacombe Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1962-1715

Keywords:

North American Buffalo, livestock farming, in situ conservation, census mapping

Abstract

In Canada, numerous actors manage bison (Bison bison) and assist in population restoration after bisons’ near extinction in the late 19th century. The largest number of bison in Canada are managed by commercial bison farms. This research maps commercial bison farms and bison livestock as reported by the 2021 Census of Agriculture in Canada. The dispersion of commercial bison on the landscape depicts their important contribution to species restoration in Canada. Commercial bison producers, wildlife conservationists, and Indigenous communities need to be included to ensure full breadth of species restoration, especially at the landscape level.

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2023-09-06

How to Cite

Altmann, B. A., & Juárez, M. (2023). The role of commercial bison production in conservation strategies in Canada. European Bison Conservation Newsletter, 15, 55–60. Retrieved from https://ojs.wisent.org/index.php/czasopismo/article/view/197

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