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American Bison

Bison bison

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From Wikipedia: A bison has a shaggy, long, dark brown winter coat, and a lighter weight, lighter brown summer coat. As is typical in ungulates, the male bison are slightly larger than the female. Plains bison are often in the smaller range of sizes, and Wood bison in the larger range. Head-and-body length ranges from 2 to 3.5 m (6.6 to 11.5 ft) long, the tail adding 30 to 91 cm (12 to 36 in). Shoulder height in the species can range from 152 to 186 cm (60 to 73 in). Typical weight can range from 318 to 1,000 kg (700 to 2,200 lb). The heaviest wild bull ever recorded weighed 1,270 kg (2,800 lb). When raised in captivity and farmed for meat, the bison can grow unnaturally heavy and the largest semi-domestic bison weighed 1,724 kg (3,800 lb). The heads and forequarters are massive, and both sexes have short, curved horns that can grow up to 2 feet (61 cm) long, which they use in fighting for status within the herd and for defense. Bison are herbivores, grazing on the grasses and sedges of the North American prairies. Their daily schedule involves two-hour periods of grazing, resting and cud chewing, then moving to a new location to graze again"

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2 Comments

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Great capture!! Love these guys!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Correct name. Many of us want to call it Buffalo, I think because of the song "Home on the Range", but it is really Bison. Buffalo are found in SE Asia.

Kiloueka
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Kiloueka

Avalon, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 11, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012

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