Bison Hunting on the North American Great Plains - Episode 162

Written by Cheryl Fogle-Hatch

This episode describes bison hunting on the North American Great Plains.  Bison is the scientific name for animals that most people know as buffalo.  The Great Plains is a geographic region of western Canada, the United States, and Mexico that contains prime bison habitat.  Many different species of grasses on the Great Plains supported large herds of bison until they were nearly hunted to extinction during the late 1800’s.  Before then, bison were an important food resource for Native American groups.

Prehistoric hunters were successful because they understood bison herd behavior and they used knowledge of the landscape to trap and kill bison.

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