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Bison
Author: Desmond Morris

ISBN: 9781780234243
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.5 x 0.64
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Bison once ranged across the Great Plains of North America in vast herds-early 18th-century explorers described them as "innumerable"-and at the beginning of the 19th century they numbered in the tens of millions. During the next century or so humans were responsible for the bison's near-extinction in North America, slaughtering an estimated 50million for their meat, pelts, and fur, reducing the bison population to less than 1,000 by 1890. Hunting of bison became so prevalent that travelers on long-haul trips in the Midwest would shoot them from their trains. Attempts to revive the American bison in recent times have been highly successful however: farming of bison has increased their population to nearly 150,000, and the American bison is no longer considered an endangered species.







In Bison renowned zoologist Desmond Morris explores the animal's evolution and habitat, from the first evidence in fossil records 2 million years ago to today. He reveals the different sides to its personality-they are extremely unpredictable and, while they normally appear lazy ...

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