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Name: American Buffalo, also known as Bison. Family Bovidae

Description: Very large, up to 2500 pounds. Thick, shaggy brown coat and small curly horns.

Location: Canada, United States, Mexico.

Special Features:

  • In spring shed their heavy coats
  • Bison are mature at three years of age
  • They can jump up to 6 feet high
  • A Buffalo can run up to 40 miles per hour
  • Largest land mammal found in North America since the Ice Age
  • Will attack humans if provoked
  • Diet: Grasses and sedges. Ooccasionally berries and lichen.

    Neat Fact: Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century and were reduced to exactly two males by the mid-1880s, from which all the present day's managed herds are descended.

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