Posts Tagged ‘Bison

30
Aug
14

Bison in the Campground

Bison are everywhere in Yellowstone.  Several big males wandered through the campground like this one.

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26
Aug
14

Bison Die

In the photograph below you can see two brown shapes.  The one on the right is a dead bison.  How he died?  I do not know.  The brown shape to the left is a full-grown grizzly approaching for breakfast.

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Over the next several days many hundreds if not thousands of people gathered to watch the spectacle as grizzlies, wolves, birds and other carrion gathered to feast on this dead bison.

25
Aug
14

Bison Wallow

During the Summer flies and mosquitoes pester the living hell out of every breathing thing in North America.  Bison have developed a method to rid themselves of these pests called wallowing.  The series of photos below shows a full-grown male bison wallowing in order to rid himself of pesky insects.

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24
Aug
14

Bison Swim

The Yellowstone River runs through the section of Yellowstone National Park near where I stayed at Bridge Bay Campground.  The Yellowstone River runs cold, fast and deep.  During the time I stayed in the area it claimed the lives of at least two people.

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I wasn’t surprised to see bison swimming across the Yellowstone, but it did give me some action to show in the photos.

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Full-grown male bison can weigh as much as 2000 pounds (over 900 kilos).

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From these photos you can see they sink almost completely under when they swim, with just their backs and their noses remaining out of the water.

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They are also powerful enough to swim straight across the river.  They didn’t drift with the current.

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Even the big bison below powered his way straight across the river.

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23
Aug
14

Bison Herd

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Above is an American Bison.  Bison are herd animals.  They derive security from gathering in herds to protect themselves from predators like wolves and bears.

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10
Aug
14

Sunday: American Bison

Good Sunday morning…

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09
Aug
14

American Bison

When driving through the National Bison Range, the main attraction is, of course, Bison.  Americans mistakenly refer to them as buffalo.  They are not buffalo.  As far as I know, there are no buffalo in North America, but we have bison, which are only distantly related to buffalo.

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Bison roamed North America in great herds numbering in the thousands, sometimes tens of thousands.  Most people are familiar with how they were hunted to near extinction as a way of depriving the Plains Nations (native Americans such as the Sioux and Comanche) of a valued food source essential to their survival.

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Large mammals, bison can weigh more than 2000 pounds (900 kilos).  These bison are park animals and used to humans driving passed them in cars.  I was shocked with how close I could get to these animals.

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I had to drive passed this female nursing her calf because I was too close and couldn’t get my telephoto lens to focus.




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