* Threatened or Endangered
American Bison *
: Bison bison
: United States and Canada
: Males up to 3000 pounds, females up to 1000 pounds, total length up to 11 feet including a 2 foot tail
: Near Threatened
• They are thriving in some National Parks, protected areas, and private facilities in the United States.
• Bison once numbered in the millions across the Great Plains. By the early 1800s when Lewis and Clark passed through North Dakota, their numbers were rapidly dwindling.
• Bison can live up to 35 years and are well suited for life on the prairie.
• Sometimes they are called “buffalo,” but they are a separate species from the Asian Water Buffalo and African Cape Buffalo that the name buffalo correctly refers to.
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