Don't be Buffaloed

by
posted on February 16, 2018
bison.jpg

Long ago, the American bison roamed the continent of North America in great numbers. Considered the heaviest and largest land mammal, an adult bison may weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand over 6 feet tall. Its most distinctive features are the large hump on its back and its sharply curved horns.

The American bison is a member of the bovine family, and is closely related to domestic cattle. It should not be confused with the buffalo of Asia and Africa, though bison and buffalo share similar characteristics. Much like cattle, bison are ruminants, meaning that their stomachs consists of four compartments. Bison use each compartment to digest portions of their food. The bison’s diet consists mostly of grasses, and it doesn’t chew.  The bison wraps its tongue around a tuft of grass, then pinches it off with its lower teeth and tongue.

The Native Americans of the Plains used every part of the bison. The bison meat provided nutrition, and its droppings were used as fuel. The bison’s hides were used for shelter and housing, such as teepees. The thick wooly hides were made into warm clothing and blankets for the winter. The bison’s bones were whittled into tools, and the organs were used as containers and bags for storing dried bison meat. Because every part of the bison was used, the animal was considered a “walking department store.”

FAST FACTS

  •          By the year 1900, the population of the American bison had dwindled from an estimated 60 million down to 500 animals. Conservation efforts have brought the bison’s numbers back up and saved it from extinction.
  •          Two subspecies of bison exist on the North American continent: The Plains bison lives in southern Canada and the U.S., and the Wood bison lives in northern parts of Canada.
  •          Bison meat tastes very much like beef, but is leaner and more nutritious. Ground bison meat may be found in specialty grocery stores.

Latest

SILENCER CENTRAL BANISH 46 LEDE
SILENCER CENTRAL BANISH 46 LEDE

Video Review: Silencer Central Banish 46 Suppressor

"For those suppressor customers who are out there looking for a one do-all suppressor, they're going to have a hard time finding something better than the Banish 46."

Your Free Summer 2024 NRA Club Connection Magazine is Here!

"The NRA is back. That's the first thing I want to say to you as your new Executive Vice President and CEO." - Doug Hamlin

Groundhog Days! Fine-Tune Your Skills & Make a Farmer Happy

Starting to feel like you're stuck in a loop this summer? Take a Groundhog Day to keep things interesting.

Throwback Thursday: World's Biggest Typical Whitetail Buck

While there's far more to deer hunting than trophy antler racks, we have to admit that there's something irresistible about them.

Hot! Daisy Nationals to Scorch Arkansas with Special Guests & Prizes

The 2024 Daisy National BB Gun Championship is a perennial favorite, but this year promises to be special.

Wild Table with Savage Arms: Bison Short Rib Quesadillas

A recipe so delicious you can practically taste it through the screen.

Interests



Get the best of NRA Family delivered to your inbox.