- Title Pages
- Organisms and Environments
- Part one Relationships, Relationships
- Chapter 1 Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull
- Chapter 2 Cow to Cow
- Chapter 3 Cow to Calf
- Part Two The Machinery of a Bison’s Life
- Chapter 4 Bison Athletics
- Chapter 5 Digestion
- Chapter 6 Temperature Control
- Part Three Whence they Came Forth, and how Much they Multiplied
- Chapter 7 Ancestors and Relatives
- Chapter 8 How Many?
- Part Four The Bison’s Neighborhood
- Chapter 9 The Central Grassland
- PART FIVE The Bison’s Neighbors
- Chapter 10 Wolves and Bison
- Chapter 11 Buffalo Birds
- Chapter 12 Diseases and Parasites
- Chapter 13 Pronghorn
- Chapter 14 Prairie Dogs
- Chapter 15 Badgers
- Chapter 16 Coyotes
- Chapter 17 Grizzlies
- Chapter 18 Ferrets
- Part Six Human and Buffalo
- Chapter 19 Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind
- Chapter 20 To Kill a Bison
- Chapter 21 Bison Numbers before the Great Slaughter
- Chapter 22 Where have all the Bison Gone?
- Chapter 23 Attitudes
- Chapter 24 Conservation
- Chapter 25 A Great Plains Park
- (p.141) Chapter 17 Grizzlies
- American Bison
Dale F. Lott
- University of California Press
In parts of the plains, coyotes had to compete with one of the most formidable scavengers — the Great Bear. Once known as Ursus horribilis, it's now known as Ursus arctos. This includes the brown bear of Europe and Asia, the Kodiak bear of the north Pacific coast, and the grizzly bear of North America's mountains and plains. The great bear eats mostly vegetation, including a good bit of grass. But its simple stomach can't get much of the good out of grass, though it does better on fruit and roots. Its closest relative is the polar bear, which is carnivorous. Grizzlies are enthusiastic carnivores, but when it comes to taking on the large hoofed animals on the plains, they are not very efficient. The great bear's avid appetite for meat may explain part of the male bear's enthusiasm for killing cubs.
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