The American Bison — Our National Animal

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American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard
© Copyright 2020 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description:  A wildlife painting depicting an American Bison out on the open range. This painting is composed on gallery wrap canvas, which means it does not need a frame because the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas.

American Bison painting demo
Not to scale

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Artist Comments

In the summer of 2016, the same year the American Bison was officially declared America’s national mammal, we made a trip to Rapid City, South Dakota on a family vacation. While there we made it a point to visit Custard State Park where several herds of American bison roam freely. We just had to see these magnificent animals up close and we were not disappointed. As we drove through the park, we were privileged to watch a herd of the largest mammal in North American cross the road just a few feet a head of our vehicle. They simply took my breath was taken away. I was so tempted to exit the car and approach them, but that would not have been wise. They are massive wild animals that can become startled and behave aggressively to what they perceive is an approaching predator. Upon entering the park we were told to keep a safe distance and to be conscience of the fact this park is their home and we humans are the visitors, at least from the bison’s point of view. To this day bison are a favorite animal of mine and I’m simply amazed by them.

American Bison, Where Are They Today?

In the 1500’s there were an estimated 30 to 60 million bison living in North America. Today there are approximately 200,000 in all. They are considered endangered as a wild species and are being protected by the federal government. Bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks and private lands. The top five states where bison can be found are: South Dakota (where the largest population is), Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The largest herd of bison are in Yellowstone National Park where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison herd so special is that they are pure blood descendants of the early bison that grazed on America’s grassy plains.

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UPDATED: 24 August 2020


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