COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared.
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.
Connect with Species at Risk and Stewardship:
6th Floor Forestry Building
9920 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4
Was this page helpful?
You will not receive a reply. Do not enter any personal information such as telephone numbers, addresses, or emails.
Your submissions are monitored by our web team and are used to help improve the experience on Alberta.ca. If you require a response, please go to our Contact page.