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Influences on Upland System Structure IV: The Ungulate Guild

Frederic H. Wagner

in Yellowstone's Destabilized Ecosystem: Elk Effects, Science, and Policy Conflict

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195148213
eISBN:
9780199790449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148213.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

Nutritional research on northern-range elk and park-wide bison shows catabolic decline and mortality increase through winters, and as functions of population size and winter severity, collectively ... More


Buffalo Crusaders: The Sacred Struggle for America’s Last Wild and Pure Herd

Justin Farrell

in The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164342
eISBN:
9781400866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164342.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter examines the bitter, long-lasting, and sometimes violent dispute over the Yellowstone bison herd—America's only remaining genetically pure and free-roaming herd, which once numbered more ... More


The North American Bison

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting: Prehistoric Human Predators and Animal Prey

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231900
eISBN:
9780520927964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the earliest North American bison based on paleontological and archaeological records. It explains that the first bison native to North America was Bison latifrons which is the ... More


Cow to Cow

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

This chapter describes the simpler, more durable, but equally important relationships cows develop with one another. The forebears of bison cows must have experienced both plenty and scarcity in ... More


Temperature Control

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Bison seldom if ever die of heat, but they often die of cold. The dark coat that makes the sun a nuisance in summer may be a lifesaver in winter. Bison evolved in really terrible winters; and even ... More


Ancestors and Relatives

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Every species has a history, and that history is a part of the species as much as an individual's history is a part of the individual. It both creates and limits the species' possibilities. This ... More


Buffalo Birds

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

As their eggs become ready to lay, female buffalo birds scout around for a place to lay them in already feathered nests containing newly laid eggs — always of another species, because buffalo birds ... More


Coyotes

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

The versatile coyote, not paired with the badger to hunt squirrels, would probably search for some other kind of food, perhaps with other companions and collaborators. Opportunists that they are, ... More


Bison Numbers before the Great Slaughter

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0021
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

The difficulty of estimating the bison population of primitive America shrinks in comparison to trying to estimate the numbers in North America just after the Civil War — just before the start of the ... More


Attitudes

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0023
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Today, the hide hunt and the hide hunters seem utterly foreign to most of us. The hide hunters have achieved the anomalous status of despised frontiersmen. Public policy toward wilderness and wild ... More


A Great Plains Park

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0025
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

George Catlin, who traveled, wrote about, and painted the plains between 1832 and 1839, proposed a Great Plains Park created by the national government, where herds of elks and buffalo would be ... More


How Many?: The Bison Population in Primitive America

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Bison bison became one of the most abundant large land animals of all time. This chapter addresses the question of how abundant it was before the European invasion of North America. There are no ways ... More


Pronghorn

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

A pronghorn is picky — and has to be. Small bodies need less food, but they also need better food: more protein, fewer carbohydrates, less lignin. The pronghorns' perspective on forbs makes their ... More


Indian Paths and Buffalo Traces

Karl Raitz and Nancy O’Malley

in Kentucky's Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes along the Maysville Road

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813136646
eISBN:
9780813141343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Early paths across central Kentucky were established by buffalo (bison) and other animals as well as by members of prehistoric societies. Humans, present in Kentucky for at least 12,000 years before ... More


American Bison: A Natural History

Dale Lott

Jan van Wagtendonk and Kevin Shaffer (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

This book combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. The book ... More


Conservation: Then and Now

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0024
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Andy Hodge was the first superintendent of the National Bison Range, the first refuge created specifically to prevent wild bison from becoming extinct. Conservation then was mostly a matter of making ... More


Wolves and Bison: Myths and Realities

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Where wolves and bison coexist, wolves often closely follow a herd. Sometimes, though, the wolves are just snatching up small mammals that the bison's feet have flushed. Wolves are opportunists, able ... More


Prairie Dogs

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Prairie dogs were in many ways as central to the prairie economy as bison, but unlike bison they lived not just on the prairie but in it as well. Prairie dogs spent their lives literally under the ... More


Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0019
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

We, humans, sometimes want more from animals than just their hides and meat. We want, in a certain sense, companionship. This chapter explores that desire, and the ways it has connected us to bison. ... More


Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison: A Natural History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233386
eISBN:
9780520930742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

Social life comes down to managing — one could almost say juggling — relationships. For bison, the most complex relationships play out during the intense though brief breeding season. Attraction, ... More


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