Under Alberta’s Wildlife Regulation, wild wood bison are now designated and protected as Threatened in specified Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in northern Alberta. Recovering these populations will:

  • provide ecological benefits
  • support food security for Indigenous communities
  • provide additional hunting opportunities for Albertans in the future

This listing builds on significant actions already taken to support wood bison management and conservation by:

  • collaborating with Indigenous communities and other Albertans to establish a managed harvesting regime for wood bison in northwest Alberta
  • adding protections that prohibit non-Indigenous hunting on the Ronald Lake bison population
  • establishing the Ronald Lake Bison Herd Cooperative Management Board and the Ronald Lake Bison Herd Technical Team
  • delivering a population and disease monitoring program for all wood bison populations on provincially managed lands

To learn more about the Threatened designation for wild wood bison, please refer to:

Hunting in Bison Protected Areas (BPAs)

The regulation amendments maintain regulated hunting in specified portions of the Northwest Bison Protection Area (BPA), based on a bison special licence and allocation processes for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

A new Wabasca Bison Protection Area will provide this small population of bison with additional protection from all hunting (by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people)—a necessary measure to avoid the near-term local extinction of this small population.


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