savior Metal Bison Sculpture

See Bison Metal Works   Trixie a.k.a. “savior” Metal Bison Sculpture ~ was modeled after one of our cows. (finished 03/28/20) One the U.S. side is the flag showing forward movement (backward) and pictures of all the men noted for helping save the American bison from extinction.   Charles Goodnight     –   C. E. Conrad Michel Pablo   –   Walking Coyote Charles Allard   –   Little Falcon Robe William Hornaday   –  ABS Frank Dupris (Dupree) Austin Corbin Scotty Phillips William Whitney Teddy Roosevelt Harold Baynes The Canadian side is their flag with the men who help in Canada.  Canadian Bison Association Charles … Read more

Who Saved The Bison

Canada to the United States During the mid-1800’s people started realizing the importance of the buffalo, not only for animal cruelty reasons, but for grassland ecological and future resources. Someone needed to speak out and step up and over the years they did, but never enough at one time to count, in those tough times. The real extermination of the buffalo was caused by the demands of trade there can be no doubt, aided and abetted by sportsmen, Indians, and others; but the blame really lies with the government that in all these years permitted a few ignorant Congressman to block the … Read more

1904

<< Previous  Next>>  C.A. Kendrick Buffalo At Water / The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750–1920 By Andrew C. Isenberg (extract) Although some ranchers continued to experiment with crossbreeding bison and cattle well into the 20th century, most found that the way to profit from the bison was to sell them – or more accurately, the right to hunt them – to wealthy sport hunters. In 1902, a rancher in Montana allowed to sport hunters to kill six of his bison bulls – for a price. Later, one of those hunters, Howard Eaton, acquired a number of bison … Read more

Yellowstone

Wild Buffalo Wild Bison The first public park, Yellowstone, was established by an act of March 1, 1872 (17 Stat. 32). Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, before the surrounding area became the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Boundary changes, made twice, added small areas to the original rectangle and altered the east boundary in 1929 to conform for most of its length to the drainage divide formed by the Absaroka Mountains. Most of the land adjacent to the boundary is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Nathaniel Pitt Langford : First superintendent of the Yellowstone Park.  Langford was … Read more

New Zealand

American Bison  Years ago while visiting NZ, we heard the rumor that Teddy Roosevelt donated eight bison to NZ in the early 1900’s. I have searched off and on over the years and can find no proof of that. After reading the American Bison Society reports through the years, that move would have been uncommon. America was still trying to save the bison and to make a gift of eight head would have been huge. Normally gifts to other countries were one to maybe three head. Here, the ABS was still actively raising money,  ranchers were still donating to our … Read more

Harold E. Baynes

“Buffalo Bull” “Copyright 1906, by Everett Harold Baynes, Meriden, N. H.” Original vintage lithograph postcard, 1906 On Loan From  Vintage Photographs The Bottineau Courant LOC Bottineau Country, N.D. January 27, 1905 SAVE THE BUFFALO AN APPEAL- FOR THIS GREATEST OF AMERICAN ANIMALS. Ways in Which All Can Help in This Interesting Work — Decisive Action Must Be Taken at Once. The “passing” of a great and noble animal is a calamity which every intelligent person should seek to avert it is a loss to the world which can never be repaired, since an animal once extinct, has gone forever. At … Read more

1909

<< Previous  Next>>   1909  The White House Theodore Roosevelt ordered the carvings on the main stone mantel be changed from lions to North American bison heads.   / / The Scranton Republican Scranton, Pennsylvania Jan 9, 1909 CARE OF THE BUFFALO Not so many years ago the youth of this country was inspired by thrilling stories of buffalo hunts. It was one of the most fruitful themes that was ready for the hand of the cheap sensationalist. But the bison, as it is called, no longer roams the western wilds at will. Demand for buffalo robes practically resulted in … Read more

1908

<< Previous  Next>> / After The Swim -N.A. Forsyth- Montana Memory.org 1908 / The Inter Ocean Jan 12, 1908 Will the Buffalo Survive? ……The American bison, or so-called buffalo, is peculiar to this continent. Its story is inseparable from that of the Indian and of the American pioneer. It provided food, clothing and even fuel, for the explorers and early settlers of the great plains. If it had not been there their work would have been more difficult and their hardships greater. It had a vital part in “The Winning of the West.” The bison once roamed in countless herds … Read more

1905

<< Previous  Next>> / Evening Star Washington DC Jan 7, 1905 Written for The Evening Star. The millionaire is the wild animal’s hope. Not only in, this country, but in Europe as well, he is taking the leading part in preserving rare species threatened with extinction, such as the buffalo, the giraffe, and the Altai wapiti. In this country, a number of well-known and wealthy men are spending immense sums to preserve herds of American bison on their large country estates, which are sometimes as large as the hunting ground of a small tribe in the olden days when the … Read more

1903

<< Previous  Next>> Grand Basin from Art Hill, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis. Mo. 1903-1905 / Animal Life and the World of Nature: A Magazine of Natural History Vol 1 Page 213 THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY are indebted to their president, his Grace the Duke of Bedford, for all the adult specimens of this now rare animal at present exhibited. These are three in number, a bull and two cows, which were presented on 31 May, 1902. On the 26th of the same month in the following year a bull calf was born, which has thriven, and is now about half grown. … Read more