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defenders.org/wildlife/bison

The American bison has a long and varied history in the United States. About 150 years ago, nearly 30 million bison roamed the Great Plains until a mass slaughter began in the early 1800s. By the late 1880s, fewer than 1,000 bison remained. Bison, a keystone species, help create habitat on the Great Plains for many different species, including grassland birds and even many plant species.

www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

The American bison was named the national mammal of the United States on May 9, 2016. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of our country -- and much like the eagle, it’s one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time.

www.nps.gov/articles/15-facts-about-bison.htm

On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the bald eagle as the official symbol of our country—and much like the eagle, it's one of the ...

www.livescience.com/60241-bison-facts.html

Buffalo and bison are not the same animal. Typically, the big fluffy animals that people call buffalo are actually bison, while true buffalo look more like large bulls. The two are related though.

www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/american-bison

Bison, symbolic animals of the Great Plains, are often mistakenly called buffaloes. By any name, they are formidable beasts and the heaviest land animals in North America. Bison stand some 5 to 6 ...

www.britannica.com/animal/bison

Bison, (genus Bison), also called buffalo or wisent, either of two species of oxlike grazing mammals that constitute the genus Bison of the family Bovidae.The American bison (B. bison), commonly known as the buffalo or the plains buffalo, is native to North America, and the European bison (B. bonasus), or wisent, is native to Europe.Both species were drastically reduced in numbers by hunting ...

animalstime.com/american-bison-facts

The American bison (Bison bison) is a North American buffalo that is typically found in the United States and the northwestern Canada. It is likely to graze on the grasslands of northern Mexico. It is arguably the largest living land mammal in the United States.

blog.nwf.org/2012/02/6-amazing-facts-you-never-knew-about-bison

1) Bison are North America’s largest land animals. Mature bulls weigh up to 2,000 pounds and mature cows as much as 1,000 pounds.. 2) A bison stands 6 – 6.5 feet tall and 10 – 12.5 feet long. 3) A bison’s hump is composed of muscle, supported by long vertebrae. It allows the animal to use its head to plow through snow.. 4) Most of the 500,000 or so bison nationwide are raised as ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bison

The American bison or simply bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo or simply buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed North America in vast herds.Their historical range, by 9000 BCE, is described as the great bison belt, a tract of rich grassland that ran from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Atlantic Seaboard (nearly to the Atlantic ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bison

Bison are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison within the subfamily Bovinae.. Two extant and six extinct species are recognised. Of the six extinct species, five became extinct in the Quaternary extinction event. Bison palaeosinensis evolved in the Early Pleistocene in South Asia, and was the evolutionary ancestor of B. priscus (steppe bison), which was the ancestor of all other Bison ...