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American BisonA Natural History$
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Dale Lott, Jan van Wagtendonk, and Kevin Shaffer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233386

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233386.001.0001

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To Kill a Bison

To Kill a Bison

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(p.158) Chapter 20 To Kill a Bison
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American Bison
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Dale F. Lott

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0020

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

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