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History of the North American Bison

American didn't have buffalo! Nowhere in the American Plains did buffalo roam. Those were bison!

Ask any scientist. It's true! Buffalo roamed in Africa and Asia, but not North America. Somewhere along the way, people started calling them buffalo, and the name stuck. We even have that song that begins, "O Give Me a Home, Where the Buffalo Roam." Well, they didn't roam in North America.

The correct term for those giant, gentle animals is bison. Just a few of them are around these days, mainly because they were killed for sport until about a hundred years ago. You can still see them in some Western states, like Montana, and at some zoos. But don't call them buffalo!


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