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Buffalo politics--They shoot buffalo don't they?

Tradegy of the Buffalo Commons Everything you know about buffalo is wrong. They're bison. But most aren't completely bison. They don't play a significant role in transmitting brucellosis. Bison are political. Which makes better sense management or culling the small, but genetically endangered, pure herd? Bison is actually better for you! [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Oct 1, 2013 - 46 comments

Guy on a Buffalo Buffaloes Buffalo. Sadly, Not in Buffalo.

Released in 1978, Buffalo Rider(Trailer) was a "feature-length exercise in padding out a movie’s running time as much as possible". But in another way, it was also about a guy on a buffalo(Full Movie, If You Dare). Decades later, Austin's The Possum Posse would retell the epic saga of the guy on a buffalo with the series, Guy On a Buffalo:
Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)
Episode 2 (Orphans, Cougars & What Not)
Episode 3 Finale Part 1 (Origins, Villains & The Like)
Episode 4 Finale Part 2 (Rehab, Vengeance & What Have You)
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 30, 2013 - 22 comments

Smells like wet bear

Boring day job? Watch a grizzly bear hunt for salmon at Brooks Falls or the Lower Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 15, 2013 - 131 comments

In a world where gummy is the law, one bison said no....

The story of a wrestling bison in a world of crazed gummy bears was a story destined for a sequel. Burrito Bison Revenge has arrived.
posted by mikoroshi on May 30, 2012 - 10 comments

But it's a hell of a place!

A walk through Białowieża Forest. Białowieża Forest is a primeval (old-growth) forest on the border of Poland and Belarus, first set aside as a preserve for wisent (European bison) in 1638. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Feb 23, 2012 - 27 comments

William T. Hornaday's "The Extermination of the American Bison"

William Temple Hornaday was an early--and probably a founding--member of the American conservation movement, and was also director of the National Zoological Park. He wrote a tremendously bitter and accurate report for the U.S. National Museum in 1894 on the extermination of the American bison, an absolute head-shaker, detailing the history of the bison in North America and its destruction at the hands of sportsmen, hunters, mindless dolts and many others who massacred tens of millions of the animal ("murdered" is the word Hornaday uses constantly). To put the whole issue in perspective, Hornaday issued a famous map showing the shrinkage of the North American bison herd, setting out the enormity of the issue instantly on one piece of paper, a summary of hundreds of pages of bad stories and big numbers.
posted by Trurl on Jun 15, 2011 - 18 comments

Friday Flash Fun: Burrito...

Friday Flash Fun: Burrito Bison, a launching game where you crush gummy bears for points. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Feb 18, 2011 - 20 comments

Bear Chases Bison on a Highway in Yellowstone

Amateur Photographer Captures a Grizzly Bear Chasing a Bison Down a Highway in Yellowstone [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Nov 11, 2010 - 81 comments

The American Great Plains rival the Serengeti

The American Great Plains rival the Serengeti, according to National Geographic, but unlike in apparently more progressive Africa, the USA never protected the plains on a large scale. Now private interests under the The American Prairie Foundation are buying up land in Montana hoping to create a multi-million acre preserve that would be the largest privately funded conservation land venture on the planet, bigger than Yellowstone National Park, that one day may see the return of great migrating herds of bison, pronghorn antelope, deer and elk. Not all Montana ranchers are happy with the new Serengeti neighbor.
posted by stbalbach on Aug 21, 2010 - 33 comments

Hazation without representation.

The unprecedented slaughter of over 1600 of Yellowstone's bison this winter (resulting in a 50% decrease in the overall size of the herd) will go down as the largest wild bison kill since the 19th century. Despite vehement protests and bold acts of civil disobedience instigated by the Buffalo Field Campaign, the slaughter will continue according to the tax-payer supported Bison Interagency Plan - the goal of the plan being to prevent economic losses from the unlikely spread of brucellosis (a cattle disease) from Yellowstone bison into Montana and Wyoming's livestock. TERRA aired a gripping three-part 'fly-on-the-wall' film series chronicling the story: ONE, TWO, THREE. [more inside]
posted by huckhound on May 9, 2008 - 39 comments

Killing Tatanka ... Bufflo ...

The hunting of American Bison got a renewal today. The first hunt of the buffalo, in 15 years, began with a Belgrade, MT, boy killing a bull with 4 shots, shortly after the hunt began. The 15 year hiatus on hunting Bison in Montana was contentious, if not downright nasty, but that's over now. Montana has allowed Bison hunting outside Yellowstone park, and it's been a media show. Of course, this really pisses some folks off, to which hunters claim, "It's like the hunter's become the hunted". The mountain west of the US has become a battle ground of flowing ideas, with man against nature, and man against man. The Endangered Species Act, the very thing that has lead us to this event, is under siege. People begin to notice when critters die. Welcome to Bison Hunt, 101.
posted by Wulfgar! on Nov 16, 2005 - 64 comments

Bison: The Healthier Meat?

Bison is not buffalo according to restauranter Ted Turner. Recently devegetarianized and looking for ways to reintroduce meat it seems bison would be the logical choice as it appears to be the healthier alternative to all other meats including chicken and fish. Plus it's high in omega 3's and the notorious vegetarian and organic purist Dr. Andrew Weil gives it the thumbs up.
posted by oh posey on Jun 18, 2004 - 26 comments

The buffalo are coming!

Adopt A Bison. There are several handsome candidates for adoption at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma. Elsewhere, the 51 tribes of the InterTribal Bison Cooperative seek to restore the tatanka to their lands and way of life. And in North Dakota, the falling human population is creating more room for the bison to return to. Perhaps the time is right to restore the Great Plains.
posted by homunculus on Feb 12, 2003 - 20 comments

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