Last updated on December 25th, 2022
Bison and Humans
33. Attacks on Humans
Bison will attack if provoked. Do not get too close because these can charge forward at any moment. In their eagerness to take pictures, several tourists in national parks learn this lesson the hard way.
34. Beware Beyond Bears
Bears are dangerous, but they are not the worst. You are three times more likely to get injured by a bison than a bear in Yellowstone Park. From 1980-1999, bison charged 79 people while bears injured 24.
35. Key to Survival
Early indigenous peoples were highly dependent on bison. It gave them food, shelter, tools, and clothes. However, they only hunted what they needed, helping them live in harmony for millennia.
36. White Buffalo Calf Woman
The native Lakota people believe in a supernatural being who saved their ancestors from famine. She taught them the seven sacred ceremonies to protect Mother Earth. They consider the birth of a white bison as a return of the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
37. A Popular Symbol
38. Bison Coins
The beast appears on several US coins, the most famous of which is the Buffalo nickel that ran from 1913-1938. Designed by James Earle Fraser, it featured the profile of a Native American on one side and a bison on the other.
39. Bison in Sports
The bison is strong and sturdy – just like an athlete should be. Multiple sports teams use the animal as their mascot, including the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Rumble the Bison even won mascot of the year for the 2008-2009 season.
40. The Original Trailblazers
Bison migration created enduring trails. Their hoofs pounded the ground and gave hunters a path to follow. Warriors, explorers, and pioneers also used these during their travels. Some of the traces eventually became the roads and railways we use today.