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To Kill a Bison

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/9780520233386.003.0020
To Kill a Bison

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Running with the herd has meant safety for thousands of generations. But, it doesn't apply this time. This time the predator is man. Hunters were right about the importance of knowledge. Their hunt worked because they had eavesdropped on the whispers from the bison's phylogenic history and turned those whispers to their own advantage. They were astute students of animal behavior. They used the same knowledge in other buffalo drives at other seasons — a pit created by dissolving limestone; a narrow arroyo, a corral the hunters had built of stone and wood; or even, in southern Colorado, a sand dune. Nearly every wild thing fears the unknown, and flees from it. It's a reasonable rule of thumb.

Keywords: hunters; bison; hunting; animal behavior; buffalo drive

Chapter.  3707 words. 

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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