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Where They Still Roam
Photograph by José Azel

Bison find warmth in the steam of Lower Geyser Basin near Fountain Paint Pot. Nearly wiped out by commercial hunters by around 1900, these symbols of the Old West were preserved by captive breeding. Today some 5,000 roam throughout the region between Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

Because some bison carry a disease called brucellosis, which could infect cattle, those that cross or approach Yellowstone's northern boundary with Montana are driven back, or hazed, by state officials—or even killed.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon F1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Canon 300mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Clear skies with steam coming up from the basin.
Time of Day: Late afternoon just before sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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