Found Winter Photo: Bison

I’ll admit it.  I went looking for this one.  The American Bison evolved with their massive heads and necks so they could plow their way through the prodigious snows of the American Great Plains.  You probably know these animals colloquially as “buffalo,” but that is  a misnomer. Buffalo are a very different animal.


In 1800, an estimated 50,000,000 bison roamed the Great Plains, but they were hunted for meat, for their skins, to undermine the Native American cultures that traditionally depended on the animals, and often for sport.  Within a few decades the population was reduced to less than a thousand animals.  Yep, that’s how we roll.

They are magnificent animals–more impressive, I think, than the great predators (Griz, Wolves) that hog the wild west spotlight–and certainly more charismatic.


7 responses to “Found Winter Photo: Bison”

  1. Our poor bison in Golden Gate park have zero snow to plow. But they sure are cute.


  2. Love the buffalo. I’m a westerner, and just can’t bring myself to call him a bison.


  3. love this post – makes me crave Wyoming


  4. In a countless number of excellent posts, this is, of course, your best one ever. But I suppose you figured I would say something of the kind. They are impressive beasts – worthy of being a national symbol. With the decline of their historic numbers, we’ve definitely lost – probably forever – one of the grandest spectacles in nature – the thundering bison herd that stretches to the horizon.


  5. Overgrown sheep/goats. One of the last vestiges of the Ice Age. They’ve had a good run. It’s a shame the Mammoth didn’t do so well.


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