Chapter

How Many?

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0008
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Bison bison became one of the most abundant large land animals of all time. This chapter addresses the question of how abundant it was before the European invasion of North America. There are no ways to count historical bison, and therefore no one can supply an answer that would satisfy a modern wildlife manager. About all one can confidently say is that primitive America's bison population was probably less than 30 million — perhaps, on average, 3 to 6 million less.

Keywords: Bison bison; North America; land animals; bison population

Chapter.  2602 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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