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The Herd

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 25 November 2011 in Animal & Insect.

Yellowstone buffalo:
In North America, both “bison” and “buffalo” refer to the American bison.
Generally, “buffalo” is used informally; “bison” is preferred for formal or scientific purposes.

Yellowstone bison:
Varies from 3,000–4,000
• Year-round: Hayden and Lamar valleys.
• Summer: grasslands of the park.
• Winter: hydrothermal areas and along the Madison River.
• Male (bull) weighs up to 2,000 pounds, female (cow) weighs up to 1,000 pounds.
• May live 12–15 years.
• Feed primarily on grasses and sedges.
• Can be aggressive, are very agile, and can run up to 30 miles per hour.
• Two subpopulations: Northern Range and Hayden Valley
• Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the lower 48 states to have a
continuously free-ranging bison population since prehistoric times.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful collage of these great beasts...well done!

25 Nov 2011 5:48am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Amazing shots of amazing beasts. Great write up on them as well

25 Nov 2011 7:17am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

magnifique !!! quelle vision de rêve !!:)

25 Nov 2011 9:08am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

These are amazing animals, but you certainly don't won't to get on one's bad side

25 Nov 2011 9:46am

@J.R.: No you wouldn't. They show a video in the park of a guy being tossed up into a tree!

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wonderful tones and a superb presentation .

25 Nov 2011 10:12am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Thank goodnes they didn't go the way of the passenger pigeon. Nice montage

25 Nov 2011 10:53am

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice

25 Nov 2011 11:35am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Excellent, Barbara ... I like this presentation.

Reading of the bison wintering in the hydrothermal areas, Mike and I were just reflecting on our visit to Yellowstone. How scary it was to watch little children whose parents weren't very cautious while on the walkways. One child was hanging on the railing, swinging his feet and could have dropped, so easily, into one of those 'boiling' pools. Thankfully he didn't fall, but the memory is still haunting.

25 Nov 2011 1:54pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: We saw some of the same thing, as well as people dropping things into the pools. I just had to walk away. :-(

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the collage along with the information- It gives me a new feeling of wonder about these beautiful animals....And 30 MPH? Wow! That is amazing! Happy Thanksgiving, and Hope you stay safe on Black Friday, too- I am heading AWAY from the mall......

25 Nov 2011 2:00pm

@Tracy: Thanks. Me too - no Black Friday shopping for me.

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wonderful shots well presented. May these fine beasts always be protected.

25 Nov 2011 3:25pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A nice collage !

25 Nov 2011 3:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

beautifully done triptych ... love your tribute to these great animals, barbara!

25 Nov 2011 4:45pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nicely done..fine captures...

25 Nov 2011 4:54pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh là ils vont foncer

25 Nov 2011 5:01pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful look at these magnificent animals Barbara! Nicely done! ;-)

25 Nov 2011 11:32pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful collage and fascinating facts about these bison....I'm glad I now know that I can use the names interchangeably. These buffalo look in pretty good shape. Some I have seen in Jackson Hole, WY look pretty tattered...but then, it might have been a different season.

26 Nov 2011 2:44am

@DULCIE: We also have seen some that looked like they had a rough time of it. Most official sites use Bison, but I grew up on westerns and they were always called Buffalo and that's how I still think of them.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Interesting presentation, Barbara. Love this series.

26 Nov 2011 2:54am

Twojays from Montana, United States

I somehow missed this! Love the very successful presentation of the energy; soft green and earthy bison colors of life that this montage (that's the right word for group of photos) presents perfectly and with a little tension in the odd shapes. They don't just stand around either. This suggests movement. Well done!

27 Nov 2011 6:33pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Love the effect of the three images! Good idea, good work, good images!!

27 Nov 2011 11:53pm