Bison in Yellowstone National Park
NewsAuthor: S. Shaw
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s official - the American bison (AKA buffalo) has been designated the national mammal of the United States. A ceremony marking the occasion took place today at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
Congress approved the designation last spring, acknowledging the bison as the embodiment of American strength, resilience and the nation's pioneer spirit
Millions of bison (North America's largest land animal) once inhabited an enormous swath of land stretching from central Canada down into Mexico but commercial hunting for buffalo pelts caused the population to drop to roughly one thousand in the late 1800s.
Thanks to significant recovery efforts, the population has recovered and now numbers approximately 30,000. Most wild bison now roam in Yellowstone National Park.
Here is a interesting article from the Department of the Interior: 15 Fun Facts About Bison