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American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, American Bison takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology.

We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grand#226;ce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years.

This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.

Synopsis:

"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."--David Rains Wallace, author of "The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age

"Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. "American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."--James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University

Synopsis:

"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."and#151;David Rains Wallace, author of The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age

"Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."and#151;James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University

About the Author

Dale F. Lott (1934-2004) was Professor Emeritus of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Intraspecific Variation in the Social Systems of Wild Vertebrates (1991).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Part One. Relationships, Relationships

1. Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull

2. Cow to Cow

3. Cow to Calf

Part Two. The Machinery of a Bisonand#8217;s Life

4. Bison Athletics

5. Digestion: Grass to Gas and Chips

6. Temperature Control

Part Three. Whence They Came Forth, and How Much They Multiplied

7. Ancestors and Relatives

8. How Many? Bison Population in Primitive America

Part Four. The Bisonand#8217;s Neighborhood

9. The Central Grassland: Where Buffalo Roam When Theyand#8217;re at Home

Part Five. The Bisonand#8217;s Neighbors

10. Wolves and Bison: Myths and Realities

11. Buffalo Birds

12. Diseases and Parasites

13. Pronghorn

14. Prairie Dogs

15. Badgers

16. Coyotes

17. Grizzlies

18. Ferrets

Part Six. Human and Buffalo

19. Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind

20. To Kill a Bison

21. Bison Numbers before the Great Slaughter

22. Where Have All the Bison Gone?

23. Attitudes

24. Conservation: Then and Now

25. A Great Plains Park

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240629
Foreword:
Greene, Harry W.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Foreword by:
Greene, Harry W.
Foreword:
Greene, Harry W.
Author:
Greene, Harry W.
Author:
Lott, Dale F.
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Americana
Subject:
American bison
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Organisms and Environments
Series Volume:
06
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b/w photographs, 2 maps
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."--David Rains Wallace, author of "The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age

"Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. "American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."--James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University

"Synopsis" by ,
"This is the best book I've read about American bison and their habitat. It is vivid, concise, witty, erudite, first-hand, and up-to-date. Most important, it argues convincingly that the only way to assure survival of bison and their habitat in the wild is to establish a Great Plains National Park at least 5,000 square miles in extent."and#151;David Rains Wallace, author of The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Great Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age

"Dr. Lott's scholarship is strong and thorough. American Bison presents an extensive, state-of-the-art review of key points of American bison that are unaddressed or under-addressed by previous books. Moreover, it does it in a popularized, often narrative form that makes the material comprehensible to the educated lay reader as well as to the bison scholar."and#151;James H. Shaw, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University

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