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American Bison

Time for some wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. After our visit to Mud Volcano, traffic was often stuck, because of the presence of large herds of bison in the fields and near the banks of the Yellowstone River. My father has already shown one of the bison we saw, but as I was driving, I couldn’t take pictures that easily. When I took this one, I was still in the driver’s seat, however, traffic on both directions had come to a complete standstill as a bison was very slowly and completely undisturbed leading a long procession of cars coming from the opposite direction. When it passed our car, I could quickly take this photo.

The American bison (also known as American buffalo and scientifically as bison bison) is the national mammal of the United States. It once roamed the plains of North America in vast herds. Commercial hunting brought a population of more than 60 million in the late 18th century down to 541 in 1889. Recovery projects in the 20th century saved the species from extinction with now roughly 31,000 animals living mainly in national parks and reservations.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 1855/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-07-31 17:58
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 2236 kb

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Additional Photos by Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11576 W: 57 N: 19988] (75026)
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