Explore 5 Surprising Facts About This Majestic Animal

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Written by DEPKES.ORG March 2023

Male bison (called bulls) weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand 6 feet tall, while females (called cows) weigh up to 1,000 pounds and reach a height of 4-5 feet.

1. Bison are the largest mammal in North America

Public lands managed by Interior support 17 bison herds—or approximately 10,000 bison—in 12 states, including Alaska.

2. Since the late 19th century, Interior has been the primary national conservation steward of the bison

While bison and buffalo are used interchangeably, in North America the scientific name is bison.

3. What’s the difference between bison and buffalo?

What makes Yellowstone’s bison so special is that they’re the descendants of early bison that roamed our country’s grasslands.

4.Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times

It’s a baby bison. Bison calves tend to be born from late March through May and are orange-red in color, earning them the nickname “red dogs.”

5. What’s a “red dog”?

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