A Bison looks to the horizon and sees the results of man’s progress. Flipping through some images and I came across this one which I haven’t shared. As I came to it, it kind of struck me as one which is a bit powerful.
These massive animals were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1700s and 1800s with as few as 750 reported by 1890. The American Bison’s numbers have since rebounded with about 500,000 now living on public and private lands but none have truly free range anymore. The land they used to roam freely has been overtaken by man and, for better and worse, the landscape has changed greatly since this bull’s ancestors roamed the land.
At least now we seem to have awoken to some of the damage done in decades and centuries past and are trying to rectify it by working to restore these impressive animal’s population and giving them some of their ancestral lands back.
In May 2016 the Bison became the official mammal of the United States, a fitting and long overdue honor.