Dean M. Chriss
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.