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Plains Bison
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Symbol of the Great Plains’ majesty and might, buffalo numbering more than 50 million once roamed the grasslands. Their grazing and migration patterns left broad stretches of short-clipped sod for prairie dogs and other wildlife to colonize. Only small herds of the bearded beasts survive today, managed by private ranches, a handful of Indian reservations, and several national parks.

Click here for a bison multimedia show, courtesy Buffalo Field Campaign.
Video 1: RealPlayer    Windows Media
Video 2: RealPlayer    Windows Media



Scientific name: Bison bison bison
Family: Bovidae
Group/Class: Mammal
Historic range: open plains of the United States and Canada
Current status: not endangered
Population to which status applies: United States
Date first listed: June 2, 1970
Current range: Now found only in parks, reserves, and private herds





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