Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Lately, we have seen some rather large herds of American Bison or Bison bison commonly referred to as "buffalo." These bison were placidly eating until I approached the fence in their compound and almost instantly they jumped away, only to return to eating almost immediately. When they jumped, I jumped. There are two subspecies of bison, the Plains Bison (Bison bison bison) and the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae). The Wood Bison is supposed to be considerably larger than these particular animals and is considered to be the largest currently living land animal in the Americas. I have seen bison in corrals as far south as Arizona, but the closest herd here in Utah is on Antelope island in the Great Salt Lake, just north of where I now live.