Found WInter Photo: Bison

Old Road Apples

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 1900, 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.

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3 Responses to Found WInter Photo: Bison

  1. Ted says:

    Wrong benchmark. Not 1900. Maybe 1800. By 1880 most bison were gone.
    PS: Great photo.

    • True. Good catch! I reblogged this from a friend’s page, and then realized his error. However, he’s a friend who used to be someone who disliked the plains, but I’ve managed, I think, to turn him around. He’s even committed to checking out a few sites this summer on his trek from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. So as a recent convert, I’ll cut him some slack on his bison history. 😉

  2. JunkChuck says:

    You’re right, Ted. TYPO. Thanks for the catch. I’ve corrected in on the original. Thanks for the shout out, Great Plains Trail!

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