American Bison


At Bison Rescue we are committed to safely and humanly transporting bison from ranches and farms that are unable to take care of these undomesticated animals. Bison often prove to be too much to handle for a variety of reasons.

About Bison

A bison bull is the largest animal indigenous to North America. A bull can weight more than a ton and stand taller than 6 feet at the hump. Bison are strong, agile and aggressive. Female bison weigh up to 1,100 pounds and reach a height of 4-5 feet. At birth bison calves weigh 30-70 pounds.

Bison are unpredictable and can charge at any moment. Countless accidents have been caused by people getting too close or too comfortable around bison. Bison are the great untameable animal, which is why many ranchers decided that adding bison to their operation was a mistake.

These extremely agile animals can jump high fences or simply go through them, quickly spin around, run at speeds of 35-40 mph and are very strong swimmers. If I bison wants to leave your property, they will. Bison forage for 9-11 hours per day, eating many ranchers out of house and home. If there is not enough food or water available in a space that a bison is being confined in, the bison will simply leave, causing chaos in their wake.

At Bison Rescue we treat bison with respect and caution. Our team travels to your location, safely removes the bison, at no cost to you, from your property and carefully unites them with a new bison family. Contact our team of experienced bison handlers if you need help relocating bison from your property.

Bison or Buffalo?

In the United States both the term bison and buffalo are used in reference to the same animal. The truth is that genetically they are worlds apart. Bison is the correct term for the American bison. When European settlers came to America they confused American bison (Bison bison) with African Buffalo (Synerus caffer), European bison (Bison bonasus) and/or Asian Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).

Despite the confusion the term buffalo stuck in America. According to The American Buffalo in Transition by J. Albert Rorabacher, in the seventeenth century, French explorers in North America referred to the new species they encountered as les boeufs, meaning oxen or beeves. The English, arriving later, changed the pronunciation to la buff. The name grew distorted as buffle, buffler, buffillo, and, eventually, buffalo.

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