Commonly referred to as “Buffalo,” the American Bison was all but extinct only 200 years ago.  Once roaming across most of the US, their homes included open prairie and woodland habitat.  Following the invasion of European settlers, the bison were shot in obscene numbers for their hides, to destroy the food source of our original people, and often just for sport.  Over the last 150 years, however, these massive icons of the American frontier have made a remarkable recovery, now roaming throughout a number of national parks in large herds.  There are even intentions to slowly reintroduce bison to much of their former range!