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American Bison: A Natural History (Volume 6) (Organisms and Environments) First Edition
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"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
- Lexile measure : 1170L
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Paperback : 245 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0520240626
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520240629
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Publisher : University of California Press; First edition (September 10, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #368,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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after reading his book, I now admire them too. It's easy to discredit them after seeing so many standing around beside and
on the roads in Yellowstone but they are really fascinating with their very successful adaptations. We saw a herd of bison
race across Lamar Valley, through the Lamar River, and up the opposite hillside with a little blond calf in the lead. It was
great. There is a lot more to them than most visitors realize. I suspected this might be the case which is why I bought this book.
I was glad I did. I have one big question about Lott's study though. His work is almost entirely from the National Bison Range
which is an entirely fenced preserve. Very different from where wild bison naturally live. It would be more relevant I think if
he would do some work in Yellowstone, esp. now that there are wolves.
In stark contrast, Lott's book is a joy to read. Just because a species is interesting doesn't ensure that a book on it will be. Lott gives these amazing creatures the treatment they deserve. The reader can tell that Lott really enjoyed writing this book. His writing is entertaining, humorous when appropriate and packed with a ton of information.
Eveb if you're not into wildlife, bison or the prairie, I'd still recommend this book. Bison are an important part of the ecology, history and psychology of this nation. Lott reminds us that bison are in our blood.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The poor old bison went from millions on the American plains to just a few hundred. This details that story and the hopeful salvation of this noble beast.
It also details its relationships, diet, habitat, population, predators and fellow animals that lived on those plains.
Finally, it describes the slaughters that took place and the reasons for them? It so nearly drove the bison to extinction. The numbers are still very small but there does now seem a determined effort to ensure the bison remain in some form for ever more - Hooray! This is an excellent natural history read.