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The Shocking Truth About Bison: Unique Facts You Never Knew

Bison, also known as American buffalo, are fascinating creatures that have roamed the North American plains for thousands of years. While they may seem like just another type of livestock, there are some truly mind-blowing and ironic facts about bison that make them stand out from the crowd.

Shocking Fact #1: Bison Almost Went Extinct

It's hard to believe, but bison were once on the brink of extinction. In the late 1800s, there were only a few hundred bison left in the entire world due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Fortunately, conservation efforts have helped to bring their numbers back up to around 500,000 today.

Shocking Fact #2: Bison Are Faster Than You Think

Despite their bulky appearance, bison can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour! This makes them one of the fastest land animals in North America and puts them on par with horses and elk.

Mind-Blowing Fact #1: Bison Are Great Swimmers

You might not expect it, but bison are actually excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim across rivers and lakes to reach new grazing areas or escape predators. In fact, they can swim up to 6 miles without stopping!

Mind-Blowing Fact #2: Bison Are Natural Architects

Bison are unique in that they help shape their own habitat. Their grazing habits create diverse grasslands that benefit other wildlife, and their wallows (depressions in the ground) can hold water and provide breeding grounds for amphibians and insects.

Ironic Fact #1: Bison Used to Be Seen as a Nuisance

Back in the 1800s, bison were actually considered a nuisance by many settlers. They were seen as a threat to crops and were hunted to near extinction. Now, we recognize their importance in maintaining healthy ecosystems and preserving our natural heritage.

Ironic Fact #2: Bison Are Healthier Than Beef

When it comes to meat, bison is actually a healthier choice than beef. Bison meat is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol, and higher in protein and nutrients like iron and vitamin B12. Plus, bison are typically raised on grass rather than feedlots, making them a more sustainable choice.

In conclusion, bison are truly remarkable animals with a rich history and unique characteristics that set them apart from other livestock. From their incredible speed and swimming abilities to their role in shaping the landscape, there's so much to appreciate about these majestic creatures.


The Cross Timbers Bison Ranch Team

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Jo Naranjo
Jo Naranjo
Nov 27, 2023

Bison have always fascinated me, and now thanks to you and family I get to continue being in awe of the beautiful bison. Eleanor is so dear to my heart, wish you had a sweatshirt with her pic 🥰 Our city park in Cheyenne WY had 2 back in the 50/60’s that were in a small enclosure, even though they were moved to have more space, it was sad to see them go. As a child I also saw bison in Yellowstone and Thermopolis WY. What a wonderful part of my childhood.


Janine Gober
Janine Gober
Aug 23, 2023

I read an article that said all North American Bison have cattle DNA. What's your thoughts on that?


I cannot thank you enough for all you are doing for the American Bison, Dusty. When I met my first bison 64 years ago, I had no idea it would become a life-long passion. I have now introduced my 5 grandchildren to bison and 4 of them were at a fair in Minnesota and got to see and scratch red dogs! My 6 year old grandson was over the moon! I love your show and your little family is so very sweet.


I wouldn’t call what the government did to bison “hunting”. They were almost completely wiped out so the native Americans wouldn’t have a food source.


Dusty, I have learned a lot about Bison from watching your video's.

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