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Bison

By artcubis
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.

Tags: Wildlife General Bison Flowers and plants Native american Wildlife and nature American buffalo

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Comments


11 Nov 2010 6:04AM
Great shot! Nicely captured.

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Nikola 6 1 India
11 Nov 2010 9:06AM
Excellent information, thanks got to know more about the bisons. Nice natural capture.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
11 Nov 2010 11:17AM
Excellent narrative, as always, Catherine to accompany you shot. Not something we would expect to see in the UK.
Ron
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
11 Nov 2010 6:21PM
Well arranges group
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 8:47PM
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
12 Nov 2010 3:30AM
Fabulous capture! Very well done! Nice info!
12 Nov 2010 5:33PM
Great capture, and very informative narrative.
Dave
13 Nov 2010 12:19AM
Great shot and write up.well done.
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
13 Nov 2010 12:32AM
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
tashi 6 2
13 Nov 2010 11:39AM
Well spotted and very well captured. The write up is also very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Rani
artcubis 9 6 United States
13 Nov 2010 9:09PM

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
great image catherine,super write up.ray

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