Re-Bisoning the West relates the story of the American bison
, demonstrating the complex relationships the species maintains with the earth and humanity itself.
In 1905, Teddy Roosevelt co-founded the American Bison
Society, and, with the New York City Zoo (now the Bronx Zoo), efforts began to save them.
Perhaps no other extant animal in North America possesses the cultural, spiritual, ecological, economic, political, and natural history attributes that are emblematic of the North American bison
(Bison bison; Artiodactyla, Bovidae, Bovini; Isenberg, 1997; Sanderson et al., 2008).
Bison and People on the North American Great Plains offers insights from several disciplines who re-examine the disappearance of the American bison
and consider a different approach to the relationship between humans and these animals.
The American Bison
Society is meeting in Banff over three days for its annual meeting.
Then Zach forgot a rule and reached out to touch a stuffed American Bison
. When the guide corrected him, he felt awful.
Oldest known age (years), by species Aldabra tortoise * 152 Human * 122.5 Beluga sturgeon 118 Blue whale 110 African gray parrot 73 African elephant 70 Chimpanzee 60 Goldfish 41 Domestic cat* 38 Giraffe 36.3 American bison
33 Domestic dog* 29.5 Eastern gray squirrel 23.6 Wild turkey 15 Eastern bluebird 10.5 White-tailed deer 10 House mouse 6 Note: Table made from bar graph.
Barack Obama, officially making the American bison
the national mammal of the U.S.
Lott, American Bison
: A Natural History (University of California Press, 2002), p.
(Bison bison) are the largest terrestrial mammals in the Western Hemisphere (2).
When, for example, snooty French naturalist Comte Georges-Louis de Buffon proclaimed that all American animals were smaller than Old World species because the New World was inherently decadent, Thomas Jefferson pointed out that one American bison
was four times larger than the entire list of European quadrupeds put together--saying, in essence, Take that, Frenchy.
At 12:13 PDT, I observed the eagle (sex unknown), land in a short-grass paddock within an enclosure inhabited by American Bison
Over the past 46 years, the offspring of those escapees have pretty much enjoyed the good life of an American bison
, and today the bison herd in the Jackson Hole area is estimated to be around 1,000 animals, well above the desired objective.