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American Bison (Bison bison)
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American Bison (Bison bison)

General Information: American Bisons (Bison bison), commonly called Buffalo, are large cow-like creatures with high shoulders and in males, massive heads. The color is dark brown (generally darker than cows), and the hair on the shoulders and forelegs is long and shaggy.

Taxonomy: Order: Artiodactyla (Even-toed Hoofed Mammals); Family: Bovidae (cows, sheep, goats, and similar mammals).

Breeding: Breed in summer through fall. Gestation 9 months. Breed at age 2-3 years.

American Bison (Bison bison)

Diet: Vegetation; browse on shrubs, grasses, and forbs.

Range: Massive herds of bison once roamed the woods and grasslands of North America from northwest Canada to northern Mexico (Durango and Nuevo León), and east to the Appalachian Mountains. Remaining wild "pure bred" herds are now restricted to three sites in the US and one in Canada, the largest of which is in Yellowstone National Park. Domesticated, mixed-breed herds (bison crossed with cows) can be found many places, as they are often raised as a healthy alternative to beef.

American Bison (Bison bison)
Momma and calf

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for bison on the east side of Zion National Park, just outside the park boundary.

Comments: Bison are the largest land animal in North America.

American Bison (Bison bison) If you were a tasty bunch of grass or a little forb, this might be the last face you ever see!
American Bison (Bison bison) American Bison (Bison bison)
American Bison (Bison bison) American Bison (Bison bison)
American Bison (Bison bison) American Bison (Bison bison)
American Bison (Bison bison) American Bison (Bison bison)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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