Did you know? Odd facts.

Bison facts you may not know.  Why were bison called buffalo? How the word ‘buffalo’ came into use. To the Spanish explorers the animal was called cibola or cubola. Some Spanish writers called them bisonte. Others called them armenta. Early French called them le boeuf buffe, vache sauvage or Bison d’ Amerique. Canadian voyagers called them boeuf (ox or bullock) The later French called them bufflo and later still buffelo. English colonist were using the term “buffalo” around 1710 and it 1st appeared in print around 1754. Peter Kalm, who traveled through America in 1749, spoke of them as “wilde ochsen” but … Read more

Catalo/Beefalo

Catalo / Beefalo as known today. The bum-steer of yesteryear; and the burden of proof. (image) When I first learned of this crossing I became upset that they even tried. Then after reading hundreds of articles from the past, I learned that people like Charles Goodnight were doing it to save the buffalo more than anything. My impression is that their mission was to help domestic cattle, and if that worked, people would want to keep the bison around. After reading all these articles, I finally received my book – Heads, Hides & Horns published in 1985. The writer pretty … Read more

1915

<< Previous  Next>> / Trenton Evening Times Trenton, New Jersey, Jan 15, 1916 GOATS “BUTT IN” FATAL A shaggy-haired goat overestimated his fighting ability at Washington Park Zoo, says the Portland Journal, when he wandered into the buffalo paddocks and gave battle to one of the big male buffaloes. The consequence was that the goats’ battered remains were taken to the city incineratory for cremation. / The York Daily York, Pennsylvania Feb. 15, 1915 TO STAVE THE WOOD TICKS Government Officials Have Plan to Trap “Spotted Fever” Pests (extract) The wood tick, common on cattle and sheep, get the blame … Read more