Bison / American buffalo; photo © James Ownby: My View of Nature (all rights reserved; used by permission).
Official State Animal of Oklahoma
Oklahoma designated the buffalo (American bison) as the official state animal 1972. The American bison is also a state symbol of Kansas and Wyoming, and on May 9, 2016 was designated the official mammal symbol of the United States.
Oklahoma has adopted three other mammal symbols; a furbearer animal in 1989, a game animal in 1990, and a flying mammal in 2006. All State Mammals
The buffalo, or American bison (Bison bison) is an integral part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The Native American tribes of the Great Plains relied on buffalo for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.
A bull buffalo can weigh up to 2000 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.