American Bison A Natural History

ISBN-10: 0520240626
ISBN-13: 9780520240629
Edition: 2003
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Description: American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist  More...

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 245
Size: 6.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100

American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, American Bison takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.

Foreword
Preface
Relationships, Relationships
Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull
Cow to Cow
Cow to Calf
The Machinery of a Bison's Life
Bison Athletics
Digestion: Grass to Gas and Chips
Temperature Control
Whence they Came Forth, and How Much they Multiplied
Ancestors and Relatives
How Many? The Bison Population in Primitive America
The Bison's Neighborhood
The Central Grassland: Where Buffalo Roam When They're at Home
The Bison's Neighbors
Wolves and Bison: Myths and Realities
Buffalo Birds
Diseases and Parasites
Pronghorn
Prairie Dogs
Badgers
Coyotes
Grizzlies
Ferrets
Human and Buffalo
Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind
To Kill a Bison
Bison Numbers Before the Great Slaughter
Where Have All the Bison Gone?
Attitudes
Conservation: Then and Now
A Great Plains Park
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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