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Ladies on the move – clear the way!

One for Tatanka Tuesday. The females and young ones in the Bison herd were switching grazing areas Sunday and if you were in their way, you better get ready to move. Well, no, not really since you have to stay in your car and they will just go around but they are kind of intimidating when they are coming toward you.

It used to be we called these buffalo but that actually was incorrect. While they are part of the same family that includes the European and African buffalo, the Bison is its own, distinct species. It is believed they were called buffalo by early North American explorers due to their resemblance to the Old-World species. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.”

Bison cows work their way from one grazing area to another at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bison cows work their way from one grazing area to another at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

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