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Extermination of the American Bison

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The American bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds, became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle. William T. Hornaday’s advocacy is credited with preserving the American bison from extinction. This book, originally published in 1887, gives Mr. Hornaday's evidence of the Bison's impending extinction. (Adapted from Wikipedia by Ann Boulais)

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[Illustration: (Inscription) Mr. Theodore Roosevelt. Author of "Hunting Trips of a Ranchman," With the compliments of The Author, W.T. Hornaday.]

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM.

THE EXTERMINATION OF THE AMERICAN BISON.

BY

WILLIAM T. HORNADAY,

Superintendent of the National Zoological Park.

From the Report of the National Museum, 1886 '87, pages 369 548, and plates I XXII.

WASHINGTON

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1889.

[Illustration: GROUP OF AMERICAN BISONS IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM. Collected and mounted by W. T. Hornaday.]

CONTENTS.

PREFATORY NOTE

PART I. THE LIFE HISTORY OF THE BISON

I. Discovery of the species II. Geographical distribution III. Abundance IV. Character of the species 1. The buffalo's rank amongst ruminants 2. Change of form in captivity 3. Mounted specimens in museums 4. The calf 5. The yearling 6. The spike bull 7... Continue reading book >>


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