Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

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  • About the Film

    A herd of bison running on the plains

    Millions of bison once roamed the Great Plains. Can this nearly extinct icon of the American West make a 21st century comeback?

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  • Video Extra

    A bison grazes next to grassy hillside, while another rests near a fallen tree.

    The Return: Genetically Pure Bison Reintroduced to Montana

    After shooting wrapped on Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison, filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis captured the story of the historic transfer of wild, genetically pure bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck tribes of northeastern Montana in this 16-minute short film.

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  • The Making Of

    Stampeding bison in southern Alberta, Canada.

    Capturing the Last Vestiges of an Iconic American Symbol

    Montana filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis lives in a place where at one time, bison outnumbered people by more than two to one. Now the embattled animal — a common symbol of the American West — is clinging to its last vestiges of wildness, as cattle ranching, hunting, and habitat loss threaten once again to bring it to the brink of extinction.

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  • Talkback

    Dead, stuffed bison displayed as a museum exhibit

    Is it possible for a species to fully return from near-extinction?

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