This enormous bison marched his way through a severe Yellowstone snow storm like it was nothing! Who would’ve expected such a sight for their Labor Day? Unsuspecting travelers visiting Yellowstone National Park witnessed a freak snow storm this past holiday, but the locals didn’t seem to mind at all:
ABC News received the incredible footage just after it happened early Monday morning. The severe weather came as a shock just two days after temperatures were well above 80 degrees in the park. The freak blizzard blanketed park attendees in fresh snow, causing chaos for unsuspecting vacationers. The local wildlife, however, seemed perfectly happy to have their landscape turn bristly white.
America’s Newest National Wildlife Symbol: The Bison
Such a magnificent sight becomes even more impressive the more you know about our American bison. These majestic (and enormous) beasts can weigh more than 2,000 pounds. The male bulls of the species can stand over six feet tall at the shoulder. That’s not standing on their hind legs, mind you – but is their enormous height while on all four hooves! It should go without saying, then, that the American bison is indeed the largest land mammal in all of North America.
In turn, most Americans are somewhat familiar with these formidable giants, but did you know they’re the official National Mammal now? The American bison was declared the national mammal of the United States on May 9, 2016. They join the ranks of the famed bald eagle as not only one of the U.S.’s proudest symbols – but as one of the country’s most impressive conservation stories of all time.
Millions of bison roamed the Americas in prehistoric times
American bison (also informally known as the buffalo) were once highly prevalent from the tip of Alaska to the eastern Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Severe over-hunting and decimation of their habitat by European settlers, however, reduced their numbers to the brink of extinction. By the late 1800s, there were but a few hundred bison left in the Americas. The young U.S.’s populations were devastated, with the once-common beasts dwindling into just a dozen herds.
Were it not for Native American tribes, key states and their Interior Departments, the bison would surely be extinct. Thankfully, the right humans did their part, and we can witness such incredible sights as this bison’s snowy Labor Day spectacle. Here’s to many more and the longevity of America’s natural splendor.
[H/T ABC News]