The National Bison Legacy Act
UPDATE: MAY 9, 2016
Obama Signs Law Making Bison the First National Mammal
Original post: MAY 2, 2016
Passing the Senate and House of Representatives last week the bison will become our first official mammal of the United States!
I’ve had numerous encounters with bison on my journeys.
One morning in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, I awoke to the craziest sounds. Loud guttural moans, snorts and enormous breaths were breaking the morning calm. I could hear chomping on the ground just outside my tent.
I unzipped the tent and had a look. The sun was just peaking over distant mountains warming the steamy backs of the beasts. It was beautiful.
These monstrous mammals roamed in a giant heard undeterred.
I decided to walk amongst them.
These glorious creatures now join the bald eagle in their well deserved spot as a national symbol of the United States.
Below is the look that you don’t want to see. This guy was the alpha male. As long as I didn’t mess with him I figured I was OK.
Besides Theodore Roosevelt National Park buffalo are also abundant in Yellowstone National Park, But I find them to be more aggressive.
My last encounter in Yellowstone nearly ended badly as I had ear plugs in and didn’t hear the bull charging from behind. Fortunately I reacted to other people reactions and darted behind a tree.
The bison in Custer State Park SD are large in number but not as big in size as those in the National Parks.
And the last place I got up close and personal with bison was at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Indiahoma, OK. Bison and longhorn steer roam freely here.
So congratulations to the bison. After nearly being wiped out during the western expansion you are now a national treasure.