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

1916

<< Previous  Next>> / The Daily Deadwood Pioneer Times Deadwood South Dakota June 2, 1916 (extract) At Wind Cave National park the government has set aside a big game preserve. Here is one of the largest herds of bison in the country, and many elk and antelope. Adjoining the government preserve is a state preserve set aside by South Dakota. The state preserve consists of more than 40,000 acres and contains a larger herd of bison and more elk and antelope than the government preserve. / The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh Pennsylvania June 18, 1916 “Pawnee Bill,” Soon to Exhibit Here, … 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

1902

<< Previous  Next>> / / Evening Star February 08, 1902 LAST OF THE BUFFALO Congress Asked to Establish a Great Breeding Preserve TO RAISE HALF-BREED CATTLE Congressman Curtis Wants “buffalo” Jones to Be in Charge. BIG BISON HUNTS ……A census of the full-blooded buffalo now known to exist in the United States brings the number up to about 800, though the account is not believed to be accurate. With the exception of the small herd in the National Yellowstone Park, all of these buffalo are in a greater or less degree of captivity, ranging from the small animal houses of … Read more

American Bison Society

In 1886, when W.T, Hornaday set out to find the specimens needed for the Smithsonian, he later wrote about his travels in acquiring those animals. You can read his words in 1887. I am sure no hunter ever started out with a longer face than I did, and then nearer we got to Montana the longer it grew. When we reached Miles City and were told by hunters, stockmen, army officers and finally a noted fur buyer that were positively “no buffalo in the country anywhere.” I know it would have measured nearly a yard. While moodily debating whether to … Read more