Oh Give Me A Home Where the Buffalo Roam!
Way back in the day, before white men came to North America and decided to plow through, over, and around the beautiful land, there was over 20 MILLION bison that called this land their home.
They roamed, the grazed, and a small number of them were hunted by the Native Americans. I might add, the Native Americans were in no way wasteful – they used every part of their kill, wasting nothing. And they were grateful for their bounty. Meanwhile, the new settlers here hunted the bison nearly to extinction by 1889 when only 1000 of these beasts remained.
They selfishly hunted them mainly for their tongues and their hide.
Concerned people along with ranchers and conservationists tried hard to save the bison that were left. They started raising their own herds. Organizations got involved eventually and safe areas were created in a few National Parks such as Yellowstone for the bison to roam.
Today North America is home to a rising bison population of about 500,000 on private lands. Only 15,000 actually roam freely.