"Bison...... or "the American Buffalo"" Wyoming Things to Do Tip by la_beba

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The American bison is an important symbol of the Great Plains, representing the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Bison
are also depicted on a number of flags, state seals, and coats of arms.
Though the white-tailed deer is the most popular of state mammals, the bison, or ?American buffalo,? is the closest thing the United States has to a national mammal. After all, the bison is the symbol of the Department of the Interior, the agency that looks after America?s national parks and wildlife refuges. And a bison was depicted on the ?Indian head? nickels that are no longer minted.
More important is the place the bison holds in Americans? hearts. Early European colonists found bison roaming east almost to the Atlantic Ocean. When Lewis and Clark trekked across North America in the early 19th century, they crossed the Missouri River and found vast herds of bison on the Great Plains like I got the chance to see around Wyoming.
Explorers and pioneers who followed found the bison an important source of food and also valued the hide. Bison were even more important to Plains Indians, such as the Sioux in the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming and the Comanche in Oklahoma and Texas.

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  • Written Oct 6, 2002
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