In American Western culture, the bison is commonly referred to as “buffalo”; however, this is a misnomer

Though both bison and buffalo belong to the same family, Bovidae, the term ‘buffalo’ properly applies only to the Asian Water Buffalo and African Buffalo. The gaur, a large, thick-coated ox found in Asia, is also known as the Indian Bison, although it is in the genus Bos and thus not a true bison.

The American and European bison are the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Europe. Like their cattle relatives, bison are nomadic grazers and travel in herds, except for the non-dominant bulls, which travel alone or in small groups during most of the year. American bison are known for living in the Great Plains. Both species were hunted close to extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries but have since rebounded, although the European bison is still endangered.

Unlike the Asian Water Buffalo, the bison has never really been domesticated, although it does appear on farms occasionally. It is raised now mostly on large ranches in the United States and Canada for meat. Wild herds are found in Yellowstone, Utah’s Antelope Island, South Dakota’s Custer State Park, Alaska, and northern central Canada

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Comments

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69about 7 years ago

    Wonderful capture and educational narrative.

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 7 years ago

    Very nice portrait Bobby, yeah BIson Bill doesn’t sound quite right LOL!!!

  • PNFdeb
    PNFdebabout 7 years ago

    outstanding image

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic capture.

  • Bobby McLeod
    Bobby McLeodabout 7 years ago

    thanks kind friends!

  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyabout 7 years ago

    Superb! It is hard to photograph animals with dark faces. You really cant get close enough to use a reflector with a beast like this :-)

    This is a superb portrait of a beast that at one time was the sole provider of life to North American Indian Country. My tribe, the Oneida were big farmers and relied a lot on the Three Sisters, beans, corn, and squash. Once the Oneida moved to the midwest of North America, Bison was a little more of the diet.

  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyabout 7 years ago

    I see your narrative stating the North American Bison was hunted near extinction. What is interesting is this animal was hunted to near extinction on purpose. It was a European philosphy in taking over North America. “Kill a buffalo, starve an Indian”, was the approach.

    It is amazing what “man” will do for power, land , and greed. Hunting an animal to survive is one thing. Hunting for merely a fur, a horn, a tusk, or as a means of warfare to destroy a race of people, seems a little off to me.

    Thanks for this post. This is a wonderful photo of an animal that means a lot to my brothers in North American Indian Country.

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic detail .. and great work of light here..

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeabout 7 years ago

    you can actually feel the power of this guy – superb light again – excellant pose

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 7 years ago

    fantastic ..the colors are wonderful

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