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Wood bison

Bison bison athabascae


The Wood Bison differs from the Plains Bison (Bison bison bison), the other surviving North American subspecies/ecotype, in a number of important ways. Most notably, the Wood Bison is heavier, with large males weighing over 900 kilograms (2,000 lb), making it the largest terrestrial animal in North America. The highest point of the Wood Bison is well ahead of its front legs, while the Plains Bison's highest point is directly above the front legs. Wood bison also have larger horn cores, a darker and woollier pelage, and less hair on their forelegs and beard.


Banff National Park, Canada.

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Yeah, I think your are right

lori.tas 11 years ago

I don't think there is a bigger land animal in Central or South America. The biggest (heavest) mammal I can think of in the southern regions is probably a bear.

Thanks for the info i did not know that there were 2 subspieces of bison, I was wondering if this animal could be the largest animal in all the american continent, what could be a larger animal in central or south america?

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Banff, Alberta, Canada

Spotted on May 15, 1994
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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