They certainly are massive and magnificent beasts. Have had buffalo burgers which are quite tasty. I wonder how people get and own buffalo farms? Another bit of research I need to unearth; blogger sure is academic sometimes!
Kate, The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma maintains quite a large herd of these beasts. There is an annual auction held in the fall where the excess animals are sold to the public. This event attracts buyers from several different states. The WMWR site has some good info concerning the bison and the history of how they came to be at the Refuge. Also you might enjoy looking at my cousins, Captain Jack Parker's web site at WWW.okbuffalotours.comHe maintains a herd of Buffalo at his ranch in Mt.View,Oklahoma.
that first one is too funny!
Magnificent creatures, good pictures! I certainly wouldn't go poke at a sleeping Buffalo... LOL
Oh my gosh, is he really asleep?! That's pretty neat!
He actually was just rubbing his head on that rock. But he looked asleep to me when I snapped this. Had to use his big head to block the sun from my lens.
Tough looking they are.
Very nice shots Parker. I really like the top one. I agree with Paul, I don't think I would go poking a buffalo but I might let him do it! LOL
I actually worked on a buffalo ranch one summer and for their size, these animals are INCREDIBLY agile - the phrase 'turn on a dime and give you change'? I've saw it done by a 3 years old bull when we were sorting out cows for testing. Saw one of those cows jump on the back of another cow so she could get over the 10 foot tall slab sided fence leading to the holding chute. Took the whole fence with her when she did. Testing was done for the day - :). I have quite a few memories of that summer :D.
Thanks for the visit. I bet that was interesting work that summer working Buffers. Good memories for certain!
I hope you weren't close to them when you took these pictures! It's great to see these animal still healthy after those wildfire from last year.
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