American Bison

Largest Land Mammal


U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

American Bison typically reach 7 to 11 feet in length and weigh 900 to 2,200 pounds.  They feed primarily on grasses and can run nearly 30 miles an hour. Full-grown bulls stand 6 feet or more at the shoulder.

Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives Stamp Series@2005 United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

* * * * *

Image courtesy of Linda Sparks, GVCC.

Taken in Yellowstone National Park in the late spring of 2011.   This herd master wandered close to the car, searching for grass uncovered by the warming effect of the tarmac on the surrounding snow.  Perfect chance for a portrait.




Image to the right courtesy of Dianne Binder, GVCC.  Taken July 2012 in Yellowstone.










Image below courtesy of Bob Martin, GVCC.  This early morning photo taken in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley. Lamar valley is a large area with all that’s needed to support large herds of these magnificent animals. It has been called the Serengeti of North America for its concentration of animals including Elk, Pronghorn, Bears and now Wolves.

Image at left courtesy of Pam Irvin.  Photo taken in Yellowstone on the road that loops through the park.  This was in September of 2008 and we drove from Minneapolis, MN, through South Dakota into Wyoming and Yellowstone on our way to Green Valley.  The Bison were numerous and were just off the road by the river, and one in particular was walking along the road!