Ecological consequences of bison reintroduction in the American west

Bison reintroduction has the potential to restore species diversity and ecological function to grasslands that evolved with large grazing herbivores. The iconic plains bison (Bison bison) was recently reintroduced to two protected areas in northern Larimer County, Colorado: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space. In partnership with Jennifer Barfield (CSU College of Veterninary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) and Rebecca Garvoille (Denver Zoo), we have launched a trans-disciplinary study that encompasses important dimensions of animal, human and land health. We expect our findings to be of broad interest to protected area managers, veterinarians, ecologists, conservationists, local communities, ranchers, human health professionals and landowners.