I am a huge fan of the National Park System. If you have been following my blog for any time, this comes as no surprise. The North American Bison may be one of the best examples of why I think these parks are so profoundly important in our modern world. The bison… not a buffalo (no such thing as a North American Buffalo)… use to dominate the continent. According to the naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, there were as many as sixty million bison when Columbus founded the new world in 1492. By the early 1900s, this massive population was driven to the brink of extension with less than one thousand remaining, most of which resided in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone is where I found this tank of a creature. Bison roam freely around Yellowstone, reminiscent of that time when they covered this great land. The bison may be the National Park Systems greatest success story.