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First Bison Seen in Germany in 250 Years Is Quickly Shot

An official thought it was a danger to public safety

(Newser) - Conservationists are expressing outrage after an official in Germany ordered hunters to shoot the first wild bison seen in the country in more than two centuries. Calling the killing a criminal offense, the World Wildlife Fund says it will file charges against the official who gave the order, the Local... More »

After 130 Years, a 'Historic Homecoming' in Banff

Welcome back, bison

(Newser) - "It's one of the great days for wildlife conservation in the history of North America," says a conservationist following what Parks Canada officials are calling a "historic homecoming" in Alberta's Banff National Park. Sixteen bison, including 10 pregnant cows, were moved 275 miles from Elk... More »

US Gets 1st Official National Mammal

Congratulations to the American bison

(Newser) - The American bison, also known as the buffalo, is the US' first official national mammal. (We thought that honor would go to Tom Hanks or Bill Murray, but whatevs.) The AP reports a ceremony was held Tuesday at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota to celebrate the result... More »

The Higgs Bison Solves a Few Ancient Mysteries

The ancient animal was the rare hybrid mammal

(Newser) - Approximately 120,000 years ago, the now-extinct Ice Age steppe bison got it on with the aurochs, the ancient ancestor of cows, and created a rare hybrid mammal. Then ancient humans drew it. NPR reports research published Tuesday in Nature Communications solves a number of ancient mysteries in one go.... More »

Here's the Full Story About the Baby Bison That Died

Wildlife photographer condemns neither the tourists nor Yellowstone

(Newser) - Many people were outraged after a bison calf was euthanized at Yellowstone National Park after two well-meaning but misguided tourists put it into a car in an attempt to save it. But most people don't know the full story, writes wildlife photographer Deby Dixon in the Washington Post . As... More »

Bison Calf Euthanized After Tourists' Misguided 'Help'

What not to do at Yellowstone

(Newser) - Two well-meaning but misguided tourists at Yellowstone tried to save a baby bison they thought was in trouble. Instead, they may have led to its death. Last week, the father and son loaded the calf into their SUV and brought it to rangers, saying they thought the bison looked cold... More »

Got $6K? Buy Bullet the Potty-Trained Bison

She wanders around her current owner's Texas home like she's one of the family

(Newser) - The bison was designated our new national mammal this week, and those who are feeling especially patriotic (and don't feel like getting loaded on "America" beer ) can cast their lot to own one. A Texas family is looking for a new home for Bullet, an 8-year-old, 1,... More »

America Is Getting Another National Animal

Bald eagles, make way for the bison

(Newser) - The bald eagle's 234-year reign as the sole symbolic animal of the US is about to come to an end. The National Bison Legacy Act passed by Congress—and expected to pass the Senate next week, per CNN —denotes the bison as America's national mammal and a... More »

Another Yellowstone Bison Photo Went Terribly Wrong

It's the 5th attack in park this year

(Newser) - There has been a steep rise in bison attacks on humans in Yellowstone National Park this year, which may be connected to a rise in visitors trying to take selfies or other close-up photos of the animals. The latest injured visitor—the fifth this year—is a 43-year-old woman from... More »

A Yellowstone Bison Photo Goes Terribly Wrong

Tourist was charged, tossed in air

(Newser) - A 62-year-old Australian visitor to Yellowstone National Park has some close-up pictures of an annoyed bison—and some serious but not life-threatening injuries. Park officials say the bison "was already getting agitated" by people crowding around it when the tourist started snapping photos from just 3 to 5 feet... More »

Yellowstone Bison Gores Girl Posing for Photo

Exchange student suffers non-life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student got a little too close to a bison while sightseeing with her host family at Yellowstone National Park, reports CBS News , and was gored by the animal. The National Park Service says the girl was between three and six feet from the bison on Friday... More »

Why a Bison's Birth Is a Remarkable One

First to be born in wild east of the Mississippi in 200 years

(Newser) - For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was a young man, there are wild bison in Illinois, and ecologists were thrilled to welcome a new calf this week. The baby bison was born at the Nachusa Grasslands prairie restoration preserve just 95 miles west of Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune... More »

Herd of Hybrid Bison on Rampage in Grand Canyon

Officials trying to figure out what to do about it

(Newser) - There's a menace on the loose in the Grand Canyon, and it is very large, and very hairy. A herd of between 350 and 450 hybrid bison are running amok in the area, federal and state park officials revealed at a news conference yesterday, announcing a series of public... More »

Bison Will Roam Forests in Germany Again

Prince to free small herd of wisents

(Newser) - This month, a German prince will open the gates of an enclosure on his 30,000-acre spread and make a little history. Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg intends to let loose a small herd of European bison—a bull, five cows, and two calves—a move that will mark the first... More »

Bison Charges Boy in Yellowstone, Parents Laugh

Parents seem to think it's funny

(Newser) - It wasn't a grizzly, but it could have been as deadly. A seemingly placid bison suddenly charged a young boy after a group of children—encouraged by their videotaping parents—got too close to the beast during a walk in Yellowstone National Park. The bison, which can reach speeds... More »

Couple Finds Prehistoric Bison in Basement

Skeleton believed to be 10,000 years old

(Newser) - A Yukon couple digging up their basement to install a power line made a find that has excited paleontologists. What the couple initially believed was a dinosaur bone turned out to be the intact skeleton of a bison that had lain there undisturbed for 10,000 years, reports the Globe ... More »

For America's Bison, Tales of Starvation, Slaughter

Court impounds herd from Florida owner, second Yellowstone herd in limbo

(Newser) - Two depressing stories on the plight of bison starving in the brutal winter:
  • In South Dakota, a court impounded about 5,000 bison on a private ranch because the owner—a real estate developer in Florida—was apparently unwilling or unable to make sure they got food, reports the Bismarck
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Hundreds of Yellowstone's Bison May Be Slaughtered

And a $3.3M habitat-expansion program looks doomed

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park's iconic bison herds are suffering their worst winter in several years, with almost 400 of the animals being held for possible slaughter—as an effort to expand their habitat seems poised to fail, the AP reports. Some 368 bison have been captured and placed in government corrals... More »

Ted Turner Accused of Bison Grab

Plan lets mogul quarantine Yellowstone buffalo—and keep offspring

(Newser) - Plans to give 74 Yellowstone buffalo a home where Ted Turner roams have sparked a fierce debate over wildlife policy. The billionaire has offered to keep the bison quarantined on his ranch for 5 years, as part of a plan to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis to cattle.... More »

Bison on Comeback Trail

Once nearly extinct, species now approaching 500K

(Newser) - Once facing extinction in North America, bison are well on their way to a stunning comeback, LiveScience reports. After commercial hunting and habitat loss reduced their population to less than 1,100, the estimated bison population is approaching 500,000—thanks in large part to conservation efforts started more than... More »

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