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Biggest beast of the plains.

The American Bison is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America.

Pre-1600 there were 70 million bison roaming the USA - today there are just 400,000.

Scientifically the term "buffalo" is incorrect for the North American species - its proper Latin name is Bison bison. But common usage means

the American beast is often known as a "buffalo".

Bison are now raised for meat and hides. More than 250,000 of the 350,000 remaining bison are being raised for human consumption. Bison meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef which has led to the development of beefalo.
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Date:Apr 11, 2006
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