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The American Bison

These bison once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds; their range roughly formed a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada's far northwest, reaching south to the Mexican states of Durango, and east along Appalachian Mountains.

Bison can reach up to 6 feet 6 inches (2 m) tall, 10 feet (3 m) long, and weigh 900 to 2,200 pounds (410 to 1,000 kg) The American Bison has 15 ribs, while the European bison has 14. The American bison has four lumbar vertebrae, while the European has five.

Their daily schedule involves 2 hour periods of grazing, resting and cud chewing, then moving to a new location to graze again. Female bison live in maternal herds which include other females and their offspring. Male offspring leave their maternal herd when around three years old and will either live alone or join other males in bachelor herds. Male and female herds do not mingle until the breeding season.

Bison mate in August and September; gestation is 285 days. Bison have a life expectancy of approx. 15 years in the wild and up to 25 years in captivity.

There are approximately 500,000 bison in captive commercial populations grazing on about 4,000 privately owned ranches. The majority of bison in the world are being raised for human consumption. Bison meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.

We saw these bison in California, grazing in a park as we came upon them quite unexpectedly.

Camera:Panasonic
Lens:LEICA
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bison
Username:artcubis artcubis
Uploaded:11 Nov 2010 - 5:54 AM
Tags:American buffalo, Bison, Flowers & plants, General, Native american, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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mishu78
mishu78  5 Canada
11 Nov 2010 - 6:04 AM

Great shot! Nicely captured.

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Nikola
Nikola  4 India1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2010 - 9:06 AM

Excellent information, thanks got to know more about the bisons. Nice natural capture.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2010 - 11:17 AM

Excellent narrative, as always, Catherine to accompany you shot. Not something we would expect to see in the UK.
Ron

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
11 Nov 2010 - 3:53 PM

They look tranquil in this image. They are a most powerful beast. I saw some in Yellowstone National Park many years ago and was amazed at their size.
Interesting photo.
JNC

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2010 - 6:21 PM

Well arranges group

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Billyray
Billyray  770 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2010 - 8:47 PM

Great shot and excellent information, I would not like to get too close to these being only five feet four inches short. Many thanks for your comments on my previous uploads.
Ray

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Jovana63
Jovana63  4 Canada
12 Nov 2010 - 3:30 AM

Fabulous capture! Very well done! Nice info!

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corblimey41
12 Nov 2010 - 5:33 PM

Great capture, and very informative narrative.
Dave

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 12:19 AM

Great shot and write up.well done.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 12:32 AM

the history of what happened to the mighty herds is the most terrible waste of animal life ever on this earth.good shot and information, as ever thanks

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tashi
tashi  42 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 11:39 AM

Well spotted and very well captured. The write up is also very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Rani

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 9:09 PM


Quote: The history of what happened to the mighty herds is the most terrible waste of animal life ever on this earth.good shot and information, as ever thanks

Hello Neil,
Yes the history of the American bison is indeed heartbreaking as the new settlers killed thousands of these great beasts for sport, almost to extinction, and caused the starvation of many Indian tribes who counted on the migration of the buffalo that never came. Men can be very cruel and often cause irreparable damage. I am happy to say, these days we shoot with the camera not with the gun.
Catherine

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
14 Nov 2010 - 11:18 AM

great image catherine,super write up.ray

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