09/10/2013 12:22 EDT | Updated 11/09/2013 05:12 EST

Banff National Park Bison: Agency Looks At Returning Species To The Mountain Park

An older female bison, left, and an older male keep constant company as they graze on the prairie grass at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, Minn. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. State conservationists now want to use the herd to help build genetic diversity, creating healthier North American bison, and someday to bring the native giants to more state parks -- where experts say they once lived. This could make Minnesota pivotal in conserving an animal that was near extinction, said Craig Beckman, park manager at Blue Mounds. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, John Doman) MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT

BANFF, Alta. - Parks Canada is looking for public feedback on a plan to bring bison back to Banff National Park.

Officials have already met with provincial and municipal representatives as well as technical experts to discuss the idea.

The plan involves fencing off a certain area of the park and bringing bison in from Elk Island Park near Edmonton.

The fence would be removed after the bison got used to their surroundings.

At one time, bison roamed the east slopes of the Banff area in huge numbers, but vanished before the park was created 126 years ago.

Parks Canada says it is inviting the public to provide feedback on the idea on the agency's website.

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