Bison at North Rim, Grand Canyon
Back in the mid to late 1800’s over 60 million bison roamed the plains. From North Dakota to Arizona herds were plentiful and prolific.
Bison at Raymond Wilderness Area
Until they weren’t. Hunters decimated much of the herds. In fact, it was in large part ‘how the West was won’, as hunters kill Native American Indian’s food source. With only some 23 bison left, concerned citizens the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and the Bronx Zoo, among others isolated the remaining bison to prohibit their extinction.
Today, bison are being re-introduced and bred under the watchful eye of Game and Fish Departments, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and private organizations across the country. Today’s bison are carefully monitored for disease and genealogy to assure healthy, robust, diverse herds.
It’s a real treat to see them grazing on the Plains and to appreciate and observe these large historic animals.
For more bison pix, see my post here … https://kritterspix.com/2018/11/05/they-are-not-buffalo/