{{lfctrl.headTitleStep1}}

{{lfctrl.headCopyStep1}}

An Email Is Headed
Your Way

We've sent a message
so you can pick a new password.

Reset Your Password

Think of a password that is at least 6 characters long.

Success! You now have a new password.

Please be sure to memorize it or write it in a safe place.



Wait!

Are you sure you want to exit?
Your password will not be reset!

{{lfctrl.notice}}


Wait!

Are you sure you don't want to finish?
You're almost done!

We are missing your email address.

Please enter your or your parent's email address. We will only use your email address to reset your password should you forget it.

Sign Up for Free E-Newsletters

(Optional)

You're Signed up for {{nlctrl.form.newsletters.join(',')}}

The next newsletter will arrive in your inbox within a few weeks.

hey, {{userData.username}}!

Edit Your Profile

SORRY!

You can only put stickers
where you see the dotted
circles.

ADD MY STICKER

WAIT!

You have to sign in,
first!

ALL SERIES
HIDE
g Go Back

Big News for Bison

The bison is now the national mammal of the U.S.

By Jennifer Marino Walters

The bald eagle has company as a national symbol of America. The bison is now the nation’s national mammal (a warm-blooded animal that has hair or fur). On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that gives bison that official title. Obama signed the bill after it passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The new law recognizes the important role that bison have played in American history.

“No other [native] species tells America’s story better than this noble creature,” said Representative William Lacy Clay of Missouri, one of the bill’s writers.

BISON MAKE A COMEBACK

Imagine a herd of huge animals thundering across a prairie. Many are 6 feet tall. They can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. A couple of centuries ago, this was a common sight on the Great Plains. More than 40 million bison, also known as buffalo, lived across North America.

Native Americans long depended on bison, hunting them for food and clothing. But in the mid-1800s, large-scale hunting of bison began. Settlers moving westward killed thousands of bison for food and their valuable hides. They also built farms and towns where bison lived, leaving the animals with less room to roam. The settlers’ cattle spread diseases that killed many bison. The loss of huge numbers of bison hurt both the animals and the Native Americans who depended on them.

By the late 1800s, fewer than 1,000 bison remained. The species was almost extinct when conservationists—including President Theodore Roosevelt—stepped in. The American Bison Society created the first bison preserves, where bison couldn’t be hunted. Slowly, the bison began to bounce back.

The effort became the first animal conservation success story in the U.S. Today, about 500,000 bison live in herds on public, private, and tribal lands.

AN IMPORTANT SYMBOL

The new law, the National Bison Legacy Act, was the result of a campaign by conservation groups, businesses, and Native American tribes.

“Finally we are placing this symbolic creature in proper perspective by recognizing its many values to the American people both past and present,” says Keith Aune of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which worked to support the law. “The American bison truly stands out among all North American mammals and deserves to be our national mammal.”

Comments ({{ commentsCounter }})

For your safety, comments will not appear until the moderator has approved them. Comments may be edited for appropriateness and to remove any personal information.

Write your comment here...
{{$parent.userData.username}}
{{ timestamp | date: "MMMM dd, yyyy 'at' h:mm a"}}
See More Comments
See More Comments

Other news Like This

This Article
Is about...