Bison recently introduced into Banff's backcountry are settling into their new homes by welcoming new offspring to the herd. Parks Canada says it's the first time wild bison calves have been born in Banff's backcountry in 140 years.
The first calf was born on Earth Day last weekend, and two more tiny bison have joined the herd since. Parks Canada expects seven more calves to follow soon.
"It's fantastic. We knew it was coming, but when the message came out of the backcountry on Saturday that the first calf had already dropped, I think everyone was pleasantly surprised," said Bill Hunt, a resource conservation manager with Parks Canada.
Known as red coats, the baby bison are currently sticking close to their mothers — who can be quite assertive, Hunt said. The calves are expected to become more playful in the near future, but are currently enjoying the fresh snowfall in the Banff area