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Bison once roamed much of North America:

Bison's Historic Range in the U.S. Great herds of bison once thrived in North America between the Appalachian Mountains on the east and the Rockies on the west. It is estimated that around 30 million bison roamed the continent when Columbus landed. Extensive hunting and the construction of the country’s rail system decimated their numbers and by 1888, only 541 bison remained in the U.S. Efforts began to prevent the species from becoming extinct. William Temple Hornday (1854-1937), an American zoologist, had a significant influence on the efforts to protect and increase the herds. A 1905 census indicated there were 835 wild bison and 256 bison in captivity at that time. Sanctuaries, zoos, and parks were safe havens for bison and helped to increase their numbers. The first national preserve for bison was founded in 1907 near Cache, OK and later became the Wichita Mountains N...

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