Dean M. Chriss
Photography
Bull Bison, Victory Bellow

Bull Bison, Victory Bellow

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This enormous bull bison has just vanquished another bull in a long fight for dominance. He chased the loser into the forest and then gave a deep and loud bellow to declare victory. His nose and eye are covered in mud from the fight. An eye covered in mud has got to hurt! I have witnessed many of these fights but never one that seemed so serious.

A male bison like this one can weigh up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) and stand 6 feet (1.8 m) at the shoulder. Females weigh up to 1,000 pounds (454 kg) and reach a height of 4-5 feet about (1.5 m). Bison calves weigh 30-70 pounds (13.6 - 31.8 kg) at birth. In areas where they still exist bison are responsible for more injuries than any other animal. Bison can run at speeds approaching 35 mph, which is as fast as a horse. And they are also extremely agile, able to turn quickly and jump high fences. The presence of an angry bull is not to be taken lightly.