American Bison

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This massive mammal once roamed free in giant herds across the grasslands of North America. You can now find them ranging from the Appalachians to the Rockies. The oldest record to date on the mammal is from 1625. In the early 1900's they became endangered, nearly going extinct due to unregulated shooting, habitat loss and diseases from domestic cattle. Today there is approximately 500,000 American Bison located in The United States, Canada, and Mexico. The average height of the American Bison is between 5 to 6.5 feet tall. Bulls weigh up to 2,000 pounds and females weigh nearly a half of that, about 1,000 pounds! Despite their massive size, they are surprisingly agile and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! They are exceedingly adaptable to their environment and do well in extreme weather conditions. Bison are social creatures and live in herds like most of their bovine brethren. These herds are often separated into two groups, one group is made up of cows and offspring with one or no bulls, the other group will only have bulls. These two herds collide around August every year when mating season begins. The American Bison has sharp curved horns that can grow up to two feet long. The horns serve as weapons for the Bison. They fight by crashing their heads and horns together. Both males (bulls) and females (cows) grow horns. Enjoy this deliciously lean meat, low in both fat and cholesterol. It is just as easy and as versatile as beef with a sweeter taste! A quick google search will reveal numerous healthy and hearty recipes alike. This is a trophy you will enjoy all the way around!