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Bison

Bison
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American Bison

About

The American bison, also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds. They became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle, and have made a recent resurgence largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves.

Fun Facts
  • Bison are North America’s largest land animals. Mature bulls weigh up to 2,000 pounds and mature cows as much as 1,000 pounds.
  • A bison’s hump is composed of muscle, supported by long vertebrae. It allows the animal to use its head to plow through snow.
  • A bison stands 6 – 6.5 feet tall and 10 – 12.5 feet long.
Conservation

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