American Bison, once hunted to near extinction, have made a comeback thanks to the efforts of Yellowstone National Park. Now, they are scheduled to become the national mammal of the United States, similar to the bald eagle in terms of symbolic importance for the nation.
“The bison will serve as a great national symbol for the United States as it is as strong as the oak, fearless as the bald eagle and inspiring as a rose,” says Christian Samper, president of the Wildlife Preservation Society. Read the full article here.
Bison were important to the Plains Indians, and their decimation had a profound effect on the lives of those who depended on the animal for food, clothing, and shelter.
The resurgence of the bison population has also led to the animal being reintroduced onto multiple reservations in recent years, such as the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota
in 2012 and the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana
just last month.