Plains Bison – Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park, Plains Bison, Bull
Plains Bison Bull, Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Looking for plains bison in the Waterton bison paddock is always hit and miss. One day they are easy to spot, the next you think they dug a tunnel and escaped. Yesterday the drive around the paddock was fun but I did not spot the bison till I was just about at the end. They were enjoying the windy cold day in a hollow.

If I would have had a hair brush with me I would have gone down and combed a few of them. They have just about lost last years coat but still have a few bunches hanging on.

I wanted to get a shot of the entire herd for my Waterton Art Gallery page but as always animals are unpredictable. One cow was busy eating off to one side so I had to settle for 5 of the six bison in my family picture.

Plains Bison running free?

Bison enjoying a cool day in Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Bison enjoying lunch

I LOVE seeing the Bison and have hoped for years that Waterton would have a free ranging herd. But I have to take my Bison time in the Paddock. I have had the joy of visiting other free ranging herds and have been out hiking when they thundered past. Felt the ground shake and smelled the musty wet fur in the early morning. When they pass they are a lot larger up close without a fence or a vehicle between you than they are from the safety of a vehicle.

Since the Kenow fire Waterton has seemed empty without the bison. Now that they are back it seems complete!

Bull and cow Plains Bison, Waterton Lakes national Park, Waterton, Alberta, Wall art
Bull and cow Plains Bison Waterton Lakes national Park

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