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  The American Bison
 


In the mid-19th century (1800’s) estimates for the American bison population ranged between 30-60 million. However because of introduction to disease and a massive slaughter by the late 19th century there were only about 300 wild bison left in America. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the American Bison Society, founded by William Temple Hornaday we have the opportunity to take a trip out west and observe the bison in its natural habitat. The current estimate for the population of the American bison is between 200,000-450,000.

Did You Know?

The American bison is America’s largest land animal. An adult male can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

The American bison is commonly referred to as the American buffalo though bison are not buffaloes at all.

Bison meat can be made into steaks and burgers.

Water buffalo milk is used in making authentic mozzarella cheese.

Buffaloes have long, curved, dull horns while bison have shorter, curved, sharp horns.

Bison appear to be slow because of their build however they have been observed at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Bison are the most dangerous animal in U.S. and Canadian national parks and they will attacked if they feel threatened.

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Presents an introduction to the physical characteristics and habits of buffalo, including the American bison.

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