I spent 3 weeks on Antelope Island State Park in Utah photographing the mighty buffaloes.
Near the dawn of time, Coyote saved the creatures of Earth. According to the mythology of Idaho's Nez Perce people, the monster Kamiah had stalked into the region & was gobbling up the animals one by one. The crafty Coyote evaded Kamiah but didn't want to lose his friends, so he let himself be swallowed. From inside the beast, Coyote severed Kamiah's heart & freed his fellow animals. Then he chopped up Kamiah and threw the pieces to the winds, where they gave birth to the peoples of the planet.
Between 1980 and 1999, more than 3 times as many people in #Yellowstone National Park were injured by #bison than by bears. During this period, Bison charged and injured 79 people, with injuries ranging from goring puncture wounds and broken bones to bruises and abrasions. #Bears injured 24 people during the same time frame. Antelope Island State Park
The term "#buffalo" is sometimes considered to be a misnomer for this animal, as it is only distantly related to either of the two "true buffalo", the Asian water buffalo and the African buffalo. However, "bison" is a Greek word meaning ox-like animal, while "buffalo" originated with the French fur trappers who called these massive beasts bœufs, meaning ox or bullock—so both names, "#bison" and "buffalo", have a similar meaning.