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American Buffalo photo April 5, 2015

Posted by anagasto in photography.
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He looks thoughtful and a little sad, this American buffalo, but  the picture is pretty with  those small white thistles  that make him appear more friendly than he probably is.

He can weigh up to 2200 pounds, 1000 kilos.
He lives on grass, and in captivity he can get to be 25 years old.

The picture and its larger version have been released into public domain  by the US Department of Agriculture,  according to http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:American_bison_k5680-1.jpg
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There was a time when buffalo could be seen grazing in large herds all over North America. However, in the 19th century they almost went extinct and had to be protected by law. There were too many poachers, too many people trying to turn the buffalo into cash.–

At one time there had been an estimated 65 million bison in North America, and by 1890, fewer than 1,000 remained.

Now there are  about 15000 living as free-ranging animals.

The photo is by Carra  from Lexington, KY, USA published at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bisonwinter.jpg under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
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Don’t get too close to  buffalo for observation or photographs. They may appear big and slow, but they can run up to 30 miles per hour. Yellowstone visitors are gored every year, because  they venture too near trying to photograph the animals:

1. Watch your back (they are sneaky)!
2. Don’t bath in the Buffalo wallows.
3. Don’t flash your charge card at them.
4. Never grab a buffalo by the tail!

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Data from Wikipedia and from Yellowstone National Park

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Comments»

1. Lumens Borealis - April 5, 2015

Hey there, you have a Bison here.

cantueso - April 6, 2015

Do you mean to say that a buffalo and a bison are not the same? I am Swiss and have never seen this animal.


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