- 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
To Kill a Bison
To Kill a Bison
- (p.158) Chapter 20 To Kill a Bison
- American Bison
Dale F. Lott
- University of California Press
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.
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