Bison closer to becoming the national mammal


Above: A bison in Wind Cave National Park. Photo by Bill Gabbert, February 28, 2015.

The bison is closer to becoming the national mammal after the House voted Tuesday to approve the National Bison Legacy Act. In December the Senate approved a slightly different version of the bill. If they approve the amended House version, which may happen this week, all that will then be needed is the President’s signature.

Below is an excerpt from an article at CNN:

..”No other indigenous species tells America’s story better than this noble creature,” Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, said in a statement.

Clay and several other members of the House and the Senate across both parties wrote and co-sponsored the bill.

“The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, native American culture and the boundless Western wildness,” Clay said.

“It is an integral part of the still largely untold story of Native Americans and their historic contributions to our national identity.”

Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, compared the bison to the bird that already is an official U.S. symbol.

“The bison, like the bald eagle, has for many years been a symbol of America for its strength, endurance and dignity, reflecting the pioneer spirit of our country,” Hoeven said in a statement…

Below is some video footage Bill Gabbert shot in Custer State Park on April 13 of bison with very young calves probably not more than one to two weeks old.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.