American Bison or Buffalo
About American Bison or Buffalo
American Bison, commonly known as buffalo, were once among the most numerous grazing animals on earth. That was until settlers began to stake claims in the Great Plains territory of the United States during the 1800s. American Bison herds were so large that when they would run, the ground would shake and a person could hear the rumbling from miles away. Buffalo began to be hunted in great numbers over the next several decades and were brought near extinction as a result. Their numbers have recovered only somewhat, with several thousand animals alive today. Most wild herds now live in national parks.