Of bison and man: from the annals of a bison yesterday to a by Harold P. Danz

By Harold P. Danz

From the times while nearly sixty million bison ranged over lots of the continental U.S. and into Canada and Mexico, to its close to extinction because of senseless slaughter throughout the westward enlargement of the mid- and late-nineteenth century, the yankee bison is still either a countrywide image of power and freedom, and of disgrace and exploitation. this present day the yankee bison once more is within the middle of controversy over its position in our economic climate, its diversity, and its very correct to exist within the wild. In Of Bison and guy, Harold Danz, longtime nationwide Park carrier worker and previous government director of the yankee Bison organization, provides a transparent, informative, and hugely wonderful review of this superb animal. Danz explores the bison?‚?’s prehistory and normal historical past, its complicated dating with local americans, the bison slaughter and restoration, the expansion of bison ranching, and the function bison play this present day, either as a nutrients resource and as a wild animal. Of Bison and guy will entice readers drawn to our advanced dating with the bison in addition to these eager to comprehend extra approximately our average background and source administration guidelines.

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The Indians were eventually banished to Page 2 reservations and the unprotected bison were virtually exterminated by a remorseless cadre of meat and hide hunters. By 1887, it was estimated that there were fewer than 600 bison remaining in the United States. This is a book about the American bison: its arrival in North America, its evolution, its demise, and its eventual recovery. In the course of natural as well as manufactured events, conditions and circumstances can change; and for the bison it has been a change for the better.

Without trees or even large shrubs to break the tedium of the landscape, the large herbivores grazing on the harsh steppe grasses stood in dark relief against a light grey sky. Mammoth, horse, and bison in abundance shared this expansive pasture along with an elite cadre of meat hunters, including dire wolves, lion, sabertooth cat, and short faced bear. A sudden change of wind caused the large bull bison to stop his constant, but somewhat aimless, feeding and inspect the rolling hills to the west.

Unfortunately, however, the chronicles of these early writers only gave but token mention of the existence of vast herds of these animals, and left no lasting impression as to what were the possible number of bison that may have occupied the southern plains of the United States. The journals and writings of Sieur Robert (René) Cavelier de La Salle, Jacques Marquette, and Louis Hennepin, for example, offered only narrow accounts of bison and other wildlife that they encountered, but these writers did devote considerable depth to relationships and confrontations with Indian tribes.

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