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National Bison Day- History, Significance, Celebration

Bison, The official mammal on the land of North America seen almost in every state, is a majestic beast. This mammal bears great significance in the history of North America. We can find this animal on every official paper as a symbol, on state flags, and so on. A day that has been proposed as National Bison Day, to observe the significance and contribution of these animals, in America’s history, economy, native life, and foods. 

National Bison Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of November as the bison supporters suggested. The animal has a great significance in the life of the North American People.

About Bison 

The most common animal on North American land that is seen, is the bison, the largest mammal in the country. This is a buffalo-like animal but not buffalo weighs almost 2000 pounds and is around feet tall. Where Buffalos are only 5 feet tall and weigh around 1000 pounds. Bison have dark brown skin to sometimes black. Bison have natural inbuilt winter protection inside their skin. The thick hairy coat on their skin keeps them safe in winter from the cold. 

Bison has contributed to American history, culture, native lives, and foods as a good source of protein. Around the 1800s there used to be huge herds of bison on North American land. Due to its availability and food value, people went hunting for the beast on a large scale that causing a massive reduction in the number of bison. Due to its significant contribution, bison are now protected by the country’s gov.t. 

Bison are now seen in national parks, almost in every state, some mainland areas, and tribal areas. 

National Bison Day Dates

A day has been proposed to show honors to the significance and contribution of this majestic beast. The bison supporters have proposed that the first Saturday of November would be celebrated as National Bison Day which is on November 6, this year.

National Bison Day History

Bison has a great history of significance and contribution. This animal has importance in every aspect. It has values from livelihood to religious facts. Due to its significant contribution and history, the bison supporters proposed a day to observe as National Bison Day to show honor to this majestic beast and its importance on the life of the American people. 

Since 2012 a campaign has been running to establish a day in the name of bison. The United States senators have signed a resolution to the proposal but still didn’t pass the law. But since then the supporters have been observing the first Saturday of November as National Bison Day to promote the importance of the bison in American History. Though no law has not been signed to observe National Bison Day, President Barack Obama has signed a law to make it the national mammal of North America. 

The Significance Of National Bison Day 

The bison is the national mammal of the United States. This animal has been very important to the people of the U.S as it is related to the history, culture, food, economy of the nation. Especially protecting the bison movement was initiated by the native Americans and the tribes on the plains. This mammal was about to go extinct in the 19th century. The situation drew the attention of the tribal people, Native Americans, wildlife supporters, and other organizations. They then initiated the movement to protect the bison. Now almost half a million bison roam freely around the mainland of North America. National Bison Day is important to promote the majesty and importance of this animal. It will also help the bison to protect from going extinct. 

Interesting Facts About Bison

  • Bison may seem very clumsy or lethargic by their look. But it would be very foolish to think so. They are very agile and can attack you anytime. They can jump up to 6 feet high and run 35 to 40 miles per hour. 
  • Their tail has messages. When the tail of a bison falls touching the ground and moves smoothly it means the bison is calm and not agitated. But when the tail remains straight and not moving it means the bison is alert and ready to attack.
  • The bison is a prehistoric beast. Even at the present National parks in all the states where bison are living, they have been living in these places since prehistoric times. 
  • Their skin is such that they don’t face any problems in the winter or in the snow. Their skin works as snowplows.

How To Celebrate The National Bison Day

To celebrate  National Bison Day, know the history and about the animal. Go to the National parks and observe the place. Know about their significance. There still is a movement to launch a national day for this purpose. You can sign the petition which will help to establish National Bison Day. Wear a t-shirt with the Bison logo. 

To promote and save the bison as national mammal animals and their significance a movement is going on to establish a day aside as National Bison Day. The contribution and historical background of this animal is quite fascinating.

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