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Posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Sunday, August 20, 2017
Mammal of Wyoming
Wyoming designated the American buffalo as official state mammal in 1985. The American buffalo (more correctly called bison) is also a state symbol of Kansas and Oklahoma, and as of May 9, 2016, the official national mammal of the USA. All State Mammals
A bull bison can weigh over 1800 pounds and stand 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Bison once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for native Americans of the Great Plains. But European settlers hunted the American buffalo to the brink of extinction – it’s estimated that between 300 – 500 animals remained when the federal government passed stricter game laws in 1889.
The American buffalo (Bison bison) is an inseparable part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.