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To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone
Although the American bison was saved from near-extinction in the nineteenth century, today almost all herds are managed like livestock. The Yellowstone area is the only place in the United States where wild bison have been present since before the first Euro-Americans arrived. But these bison pose risks to property and people when they roam outside the park, including the ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published August 30th 2005)
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I was intrigued after meeting a representative of the Buffalo Field Campaign while at Yellowstone last summer, and picked this book up shortly after my return home. It is an amazingly even-handed look at a complex flashbutton issue. I must say that Mary Ann Franke does a superb job of presenting a lot of information in quite digestible chunks, that she breaks the debates down into comprehensible bits and is especially gifted at establishing the interrelations between the discrete threads. Anyone ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Annette rated it 4 of 5 stars
Lamenting the fact that wild bison do not garner the attention and support held for wild species such as elk or even wolves, Mary Ann Frank traces the history of the Yellowstone National Park herd, the only wild bison descended from pre-European immigration days. Bison are revered by Indians and viewed by many life scientists as a restorer of biodiversity. However they have also been persecuted as harborers of disease, and today still face an uncertain future - - teetering between life in the wi ...more