Bison Can Lose 200 Pounds During Mating Season, and Other Facts About Our National Mammal

Bison Can Lose 200 Pounds During Mating Season, and Other Facts About Our National Mammal

The American bison, the national mammal of the United States, inspires awe with its sturdy profile, recovery story, and historical significance. Unfortunately, they often end up in the news because people don’t behave safely around them, but when you’re enjoying them from a reasonable distance, here are some fun facts to ponder. Centuries ago, American […]

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The case for reintroduction of the wolf and other species should not be based on the promise of an ecological nirvana

The case for reintroduction of the wolf and other species should not be based on the promise of an ecological nirvana

In 1995, eight wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park from a white truck that had traveled 700 miles from Alberta, Canada. They were the first people to live in the park for 70 years, and the return of the most legendary predator to the most well-known national park in the world sparked research that […]

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A study finds that bison restoration on tribal lands has cultural, ecological, and economic benefits

A study finds that bison restoration on tribal lands has cultural, ecological, and economic benefits

Beginning in the early 1800s, the American bison, our national mammal, was hunted to near extinction, with fewer than a thousand remaining by the end of the century. Bison, America’s biggest land-dwelling mammal, helps in the balance and maintenance of a healthy ecosystem, as well as the creation of habitat for a variety of species, […]

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For Bison Day 2021, conservation and reconciliation through buffalo eyes (commentary)

For Bison Day 2021, conservation and reconciliation through buffalo eyes (commentary)

Humanity is living through four interrelated global crises: biodiversity, climate, pandemic, and social justice. Because the nature and scale of threats to the planet and all its life forms is so pernicious and unprecedented, these crises often seem difficult for scientists, conservationists, and political leaders to fully grasp, let alone take concrete steps toward systemic […]

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