American Bison : A Natural History (Organisms and Environments)

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American Bison : A Natural History (Organisms and Environments)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 245 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780520240629
  • DDC分類 599.643

基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2002.

Full Description


American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, "American Bison" takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape.Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grace to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           ix
Harry W. Greene
Preface xiii
PART ONE: RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS
Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull 5 (18)
Cow to Cow 23 (5)
Cow to Calf 28 (13)
PART TWO: THE MACHINERY OF A BISON'S LIFE
Bison Athletics 41 (6)
Digestion: Grass to Gas and Chips 47 (6)
Temperature Control 53 (8)
PART THREE: WHENCE THEY CAME FORTH, AND HOW
MUCH THEY MULTIPLIED
Ancestors and Relatives 61 (8)
How Many? The Bison Population in Primitive 69 (12)
America
PART FOUR: THE BISON'S NEIGHBORHOOD
The Central Grassland: Where Buffalo Roam 81 (18)
When They're at Home
PART FIVE: THE BISON'S NEIGHBORS
Wolves and Bison: Myths and Realities 99 (6)
Buffalo Birds 105 (3)
Diseases and Parasites 108 (12)
Pronghorn 120 (7)
Prairie Dogs 127 (6)
Badgers 133 (5)
Coyotes 138 (3)
Grizzlies 141 (4)
Ferrets 145 (6)
PART SIX: HUMAN AND BUFFALO
Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind 151 (7)
To Kill a Bison 158 (9)
Bison Numbers Before the Great Slaughter 167 (3)
Where Have All the Bison Gone? 170 (10)
Attitudes 180 (5)
Conservation: Then and Now 185 (17)
A Great Plains Park 202 (3)
Notes 205 (8)
Bibliography 213 (10)
Index 223