Local rock beast: American Bison

Local Rock Beast

The American bison is the national mammal of the United States and is native to Rock County.

It is one of the heaviest land animals in the Americas with wild bulls weighing up to 2,800 pounds and semi-domestic bulls weighing up to 3,800 pounds. 

The Lakota Native Americans called the bison “tatanka,” which means “he who owns us.”

 


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