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.
Although we think of American bison
as western animals, there were herds numbering in the thousands in the Bluegrass, grazing on the rich grass and cane, and wandering along the buffalo traces in search of water.
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.
Hornaday Smithsonian naturalist, and a founder of the American Bison
It fosters the idea of America's wild west; as a region where an abundance of buffalo, more accurately known as American bison
, roamed freely prior to their near extinction at the end of the 19th century.
Stunning page portraits of mammals include the American bison
, red deer, the warthog, a hippo, a wolf, a sloth, a whale, kangaroos, a polar bear, and more.
Keith Aune, bison program director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, chair of the IUCN Bison Specialist Group, and American Bison
Society spokesperson, referred to the treaty as a "historic moment that we hope will translate into a conservation movement among Great Plains Tribes.
A photo can hint at the tones and grain, but can't express the fine feel and texture of an American Bison
Shooting Bag by Benchmaster USA.
The European bison (Bison bonasus) is one of two extant species of bison, alongside the American bison
Buffalo Coins: America's Favorite considers the American bison
on US coins, tokens and medals and provides a slim but lovely new book telling the history of this image in numismatics and popular culture alike.
I still refuse to call the American bison
a buffalo but if someone else does, I view it as just another teachable moment covering a variety of topics ranging from how we use words to how we classify living organisms, or, at the very least, an opportunity for a good argument over some beers with someone who sees it another way.
Central to the Indian way of life was, of course, the buffalo, more correctly known as the American bison