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   classicman  Sunday Jul 22 01:10 AM

July 22, 2012 - Skull Mountain

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture is worth many thousands of bison. This photo from the 1870s shows a man proudly standing in front of a mountain of tens of thousands of bison skulls - an iconic American species that was systematically slaughtered by the millions as European Americans settled the west.

The US Army actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of these animals for two main reasons: to remove any competition with cattle, and to starve Native American tribes who greatly depended on the bison for food. Without the bison, the resisting tribes of the Great Plains would either be forced to leave or die of starvation.

More than a century after this dark period in our history, the bison is making a comeback. After living on the brink of extinction, this American icon is slowly but steadily returning to the Great Plains - one baby bison at a time. You can watch a video of how Native American communities and conservation groups like Earthjustice are fighting to bring back the bison



footfootfoot  Sunday Jul 22 08:20 AM

You gotta Fight
For your Right
to BIIIIIIIIIIISON!



ZenGum  Sunday Jul 22 08:24 AM

What a bone head.



Lamplighter  Sunday Jul 22 09:57 AM

Quote:
You can watch a video of how Native American communities and conservation groups like Earthjustice are fighting to bring back the bison.
Don't forget Ted Turner in Montana

My wife buys bison meat at a local supermarket fairly regularly,
so it is becoming a profitable business for Oregon ranchers.


Sundae  Sunday Jul 22 10:33 AM

What I like best about the American buffalo?
The Latin name is bison bison.

KISS.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 22 06:26 PM

I know of two Bison farms in Lancaster County, PA. There are probably more.
Most of those skulls came from professional hunters, at first for the hides, then somebody figured out they could grind the bones for fertilizer. The meat still was wasted for the most part, though.



SPUCK  Monday Jul 23 06:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
What I like best about the American buffalo?
The Latin name is bison bison.

KISS.

Oh yeah? Well a Boa's Latin name is constrictor constrictor constrictor. So there!


ZenGum  Monday Jul 23 07:31 AM

What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?


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Ever tried washing your hands in a buffalo?



footfootfoot  Monday Jul 23 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?


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Ever tried washing your hands in a buffalo?
Try the Emu...


Gravdigr  Monday Jul 23 12:21 PM

About a month ago I read an article in one of my hunting mags, that cast a new light on the whole bison-wiped-out-by-man situation.

I'll see if I can find it.



Happy Monkey  Monday Jul 23 12:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
What I like best about the American buffalo?
The Latin name is bison bison.

KISS.
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo bison bison.


Gravdigr  Monday Jul 23 12:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
About a month ago I read an article in one of my hunting mags, that cast a new light on the whole bison-wiped-out-by-man situation.

I'll see if I can find it.
I found my copy of the magazine, but, couldn't find the article online.

I may copy it for your perusal.

Later though, I got a funeral to go to. I put the 'fun' in funeral.


Gravdigr  Monday Jul 23 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
...I got a funeral to go to. I put the 'fun' in funeral.
You ain't gonna believe this.

I was there, and I don't believe it.

He was buried with his cell phone in his hand. ETA: Flipped open, hand on his chest, like he was checking his messages.

No shit. A Razr.


Lamplighter  Monday Jul 23 03:16 PM

Finally, actual graveside humor



Leus  Monday Jul 23 04:10 PM

Yep, I can't believe. A freakin' RAZR?



Gravdigr  Monday Jul 23 04:15 PM

Believe me when I say, if I had known the number, and if I hadn't left my phone in the car, I would've totally called him!

Right in the middle of 'The Old, Rugged Cross'.



P.S. Dear Cancer, Fuck you.



Gravdigr  Monday Jul 23 04:15 PM

Sorry for the thread hijack.



glatt  Monday Jul 23 04:17 PM

Don't be sorry. That's awesome.



footfootfoot  Monday Jul 23 06:38 PM

When I die, want you to dress me in straght laced shoes
A box back coat and a Stetson hat;
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys know I died standin' pat.





SPUCK  Tuesday Jul 24 06:19 AM

Sounds like the deceased beat you to it Gravdigr. e.g. putting the 'fun in it'.



ZenGum  Tuesday Jul 24 06:34 AM

Cue highly inappropriate (or appropriate, depending) musical ring tone.



Gravdigr  Wednesday Jul 25 04:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Sounds like the deceased beat you to it Gravdigr. e.g. putting the 'fun in it'.
Hah, he did didn't he?! I forgot about that...

The guy did like to laugh.





Griff  Friday Jul 27 02:24 PM

No more buffalo.



Clodfobble  Friday Jul 27 04:03 PM

There must be some, somewhere, because they sell buffalo meat at Whole Foods.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 28 09:30 AM

There are, several national parks and a shitload of private herds.



Griff  Saturday Jul 28 12:32 PM

Yep. McMurtry is using the lack of true free ranging (not free range™) buffalo as a metaphor for growing up or old or giving up the illusion of freedom. Or its just a song.



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