Average lifespan in the wild: 12 to 20 years
Size: Head and body, 7 to 11.5 ft (2.1 to 3.5 m); Tail 19.75 to 23.5 in (50 to 60 cm)
Weight: 930 to 2,200 lbs (422 to 998 kg)
Group name: Herd
Did you know? The bison's thick, shaggy coat is so well insulated that snow can settle on its back without melting.
The American bison and the European wisent are the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Europe. Bison are nomadic grazers and travel in herds, except for the non-dominant bulls, which travel alone or in small groups during most of the year. American bison are known for living in the Great Plains. Both species were hunted close to extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries but have since rebounded. The American Plains bison is no longer listed as endangered, but the Wood Bison is on the endangered species list in Canada.
How fast is a Bison?
Despite its slow, lethargic movements, the bison can outrun a human and leap over barbed wire fences. American bison can reach speeds of up to 37 mph. Its bulk, however, does not slow it down. In Yellowstone, it has killed or injured four times as many people as bears have.
What does a Bison eat?
These large grazers feed on plains grasses, herbs, shrubs, and twigs. They regurgitate their food and chew it as cud before final digestion.
How big is a Bison?<
The bison is the largest land mammal native to the Western Hemisphere, reaching heights of over 6 feet and weighing more than 750 pounds.
What is special about the Bisons tail?
You can determine a bison's temperament by its tail: if it's sticking straight up, it's angry and most likely about to charge. But, don't run! Um, just don't be there.
Why does a Bison have a thick fur?
A bison's thick fur offers great protection against the harsh elements of the American plains. Their winter coat is so thick and well insulated that snow can cover their backs without melting.
Why are the Bisons horn so big?
Short, black horns stick out from the bison's massive head, just above their eyes. These horns are used to defend themselves against predators. Bison's eyesight is poor, but their hearing and sense of smell is very good. In fact, a bison can smell an animal three kilometers away.
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