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Built to Endure
πŸ“Έ by @loganwilsonphotography

The American Bison used to dominate North America. Their numbers were estimated to be in excess of 60 million in the late 1600s, but by the end of the 1800s there were literally less than 1000 left.

541 to be exact.

This incredible decline is attributed to colonization of the Americas, and the demand for bison fur and meat that soon followed. This insatiable hunting reached a fever-pitch between 1820 – 1880, where the bison were almost wiped out completely.

As fucked up as it sounds, one of the reasons there are any native bison left today is because the settlers had also collectively decided that wolves were to be eradicated from the continent.

Had the wolves still been around, I have to assume they would’ve finished them off. In this very rare case, two wrongs somehow made a right.

*I have no hard data or proof to back up that part about the wolves, so let’s call it my own opinion. Hypothesizing for the hell of it.*

Bison have never officially been recognized as an endangered species, although more recently there have been large conservation efforts to bring their populations back. As of 2017 there were an estimated 500,000+ bison living in the wild or on private ranches across North America.



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