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The County Paper

September 23, 1881

The Doom of the Bison

Turf, Field and Farm
…..1881 Bison History.That the American bison, or buffalo, as it is more familiarly termed, is doomed to extinction in time is evident: but that this result will be “necessary evil” is generally acknowledged among settlers in the Far West. The vast herds the bison that only a few years since roamed over the Western plains afforded wild sport and a large income to the hide-hunters: but as a offset to this it should be remembered that the buffalo is one of the chief sinews of war with the Indian tribes. Deprived the red man of buffalo, and he cannot, during midwinter especially, carry on a successful raid. From the bison he obtains his provision, robes and covering. Nothing so harassed and weakened Sitting Bull and his band, when driven over the Canada border, as the absence of buffalo in that region. When the last herds become finally annihilated, nothing remains for the Indian but a semi-civilized and agricultural life. Holding this in view, the extinction of this huge nomad of the plains may be looked forward to, if not with satisfaction, at least with resignation by the sportsmen of the land, and especially by the frontiersman who have suffered so much at the hands of the Sioux and other warlike tribes. At best the bison as a game animal possesses barely the qualities of endurance, size and stubbornness – bearing no more comparison to the elk and moose then does the mule to the thoroughbred.

15 Wild Buffaloes Grazing 1881

“15 Wild Buffaloes Grazing”
“Copyright 1907 by L. A. Huffman”
“The Huffman Pictures, Milestown, Montana”
Photograph by L. A. Huffman , c. 1881
Original vintage collotype postcard, 1907
On loan from Historic Photographs by Imagi Gallery

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Photo Courtesy Of 1881 Courthouse Museum S Dakotah

Photo Courtesy Of 1881 Courthouse Museum S Dakotah