Some Interesting facts about Bison
Bison have been called the most important wild animals in the development of North America. They were the centre of life of the Plains Indians, providing them with food, clothing, shelter and much of their culture Bison also sustained the lives of the explorers and settlers going west.
By the late 1800's Bison were close to extinction. Through efforts of early conservationists and ranchers who knew the value of Bison, they are no longer an endangered species. They now number over 200,000 in North America. The only red meat that is non-allergenic.
Bison appear slow and awkward, but can outrun and easily outmanoeuvre most horses. They are able to pivot on both their hind and front feet. They are normally quite docile, but will not hesitate to react if they feel threatened.
Bison mature later than cattle, they breed at 2 years of age with a gestation period of 275 days. Calving problems are rare as calves are quite small when they are born. Calves are red when they are born until about 3-4 months and start to forage when they are one day old.
Bison, who usually calf each year, are long lived and are known to produce calves until they are 30 years of age. Bison 'Grunt' not 'Bellow'
Bison have about the same eyesight as cattle, but do not see well at night. They become trained to the sound of your voice or their food source.