PUBLISHED: 20 September 2022

Bison on this Prairie farm bring back birds, biodiversity and fewer floods

Canada’s National Observer

When a powerful drought fried the fields on Doug Griller’s farm last summer, the Manitoba rancher feared they would have trouble bouncing back. A herd of bison helped the recovery exceed expectations. In 1993, Griller made an unusual move: He started letting his grain fields grow over with grass, sold his cattle, bolstered his fences and bought a herd of bison. Despite being native to the Prairies — before they were nearly eradicated by Europeans — few farmers raised the hulking ruminants at the time, but to Griller, they “just kind of made sense.” Click here to continue reading