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Wyoming State Mammal

Bison bull - click to see all mammal symbols
Bison / buffalo photo © James Ownby: My View of Nature
(used by permission). See All State Animals - Mammals.

Buffalo (American Bison)

See American bison video below

Wyoming designated the American buffalo as official state mammal in 1985 (more correctly called bison). A bull buffalo can weigh over 1800 pounds and stand 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Buffalo once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for the plains Indians. But European settlers hunted 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 buffalo 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. The American buffalo is also a state symbol of Kansas and Oklahoma.

American bison - click to see all state mammals
Photo of American buffalo bull © MasterClips®.
See All State Animals - Mammals.
Source:
General Wyoming Information: Wyoming.gov
Bison: Yellowstone National Park
Nature: American Buffalo: PBS
Bison (Bison bison): South Dakota Northern University
Links:
Bison: Yellowstone National Park Photos
State Animals - Mammals: 50 States List


    

 

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