noun, plural bi·son.
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Origin of bison
OTHER WORDS FROM bisonbi·son·tine [bahy-suhn-tahyn, -zuhn-], /ˈbaɪ sənˌtaɪn, -zən-/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for bison
By 1900, with the bison gone and cattle herds roaming the plains of the Americas, cows alone bulked twice as heavy as all remaining wild mammals.Humans have rapidly remade the Earth — and imperiled its future|Jedediah Britton-Purdy|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
Beloved Beasts unwinds a history of human efforts to protect the loss of other species, an impulse, Nijhuis writes, “likely as old as the images of steppe bison painted on cave walls.”
Beginning with the plight of bison in the American West, the book moves chronologically through turning points in species conservation, with each chapter tethered to an actor or two and the animals they were—or are still—working to protect.
Studies of bison have, for example, shown that the buffalo prefer to graze on prairie dog colonies, and even gain more weight when they do so.
After all, bison—which once numbered in the tens of millions in North America—seemed to find enough to eat for the thousands of years they lived alongside prairie dogs and ferrets in the plains.
This means a decline in habitat quality for grazers like bison and elk, whose winter-killed carcasses grizzlies feed upon.
Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.
Some of those 900 bison might have perished naturally during the killing cold of winter and provided spring food for grizzlies.
I did once see a pack of wolves try to bring down a bison at decade or so ago.
Take the case of the American bison: The ice-age bison evolved into the Plains buffalo, Bison bison, perhaps 10,000 years ago.
See if you can find out something about the great herds of bison that used to live in this country.
Ever since the reindeer went away the Cave-men had been looking for the return of the bison.
The edge of the lowland forest where the bison wintered could be seen far away.
Then everybody climbed up a hill or a high cliff and watched the coming of the bison.
Whenever a herd reached a branching valley, a big bison led off a small herd.