For some reason,  I sometimes write about things I can never figure how I got motivated to write about.  I go with the  flow on things and let the journey take me, because I got off on a tangent, researched more about the subject,  found a story... sometimes I don’t find my way back ...  and I seldom look back... but stories lead to more stories...




Jim Peaco/NPS

•  The American Bison is native to the plains of America, Canada a few make it to Mexico. It is also found in some parts of Europe. It is a protected specie and resides commonly in our nations parks.  President Obama declared the Bison as ‘Our National Mammal’ alongside the ‘American Eagle our National Bird’   ( This is a Mother with Calf, if in the park, stay clear, very clear they are not tolerant of anyone or anything getting close to a calf)

The modern American Bison is split into two subspecies, the wood Bison in the boreal forests of what is now Canada, and the plains Bison on the prairies extending from Canada to Mexico. 

The plains subspecies became the dominant animal of the prairies of North America, where Bison were a keystone species, whose grazing and trampling pressure was a force that shaped the ecology of the Great Plains as strongly as periodic prairie fires and which were central to the survival of many American Indians of the Great Plains. 


•  Notice the huge difference in the The Water Buffalo,  a  distant cousin of the Bison have been bred to almost domestication, similar as cows were, throughout Southeast Asia and many other parts of the world where they are the John Deere tractors of the Asian farming industry.  They can plow and cultivate on plots on the side of mountains, slosh through rice fields and do jobs a tractor couldn’t get to.  They also reproduce new tractors and that ain’t hay.   

This is an Australian Feral used for Breeding  for the table, or the not so domesticated version.  There are several sub-species of the water buffalo based on location and breeding needs.



•  The Cape Buffalo Of AFRICA are related to cows, somewhat, not in attitude. They are herd animals, huge herds on the plains, sometimes selected for culling,  a thousand females pregnant and giving birth at one time, doubles the herd some times culling is necessary   The meat and by-products are given to the tribes as that is part of their sustenance for  thousands of years.

They like cows are herbivores,  grazer vegetarians, and since not usually domesticated can very ornery, dangerous, and unpredictable when threatened.   They are hunted by carnivores in packs, lions, hyenas, and man 24/7 and that gives them their personality.   They are part of the African FIVE Most Dangerous Hunting club which includes elephants, rhinos, the Cape buffalo, lions, and the leopard.  The buffalo as you read on might be the most dangerous.  They have when wounded back tracked and ambushed the hunters.


I wrote in the beginning, that sometimes my interests get off track and I delve, jump, fall, trip into another place and time on subjects of interest to me.  This portion is no exception, I have hunted domestically,  within good conservation rules, seasonal, and regulations, but any animals I hunted were totally used for sustenance, culling, and the dinner table.  

I did enjoy being in the woods, or plains engaged with some fine people and some beautiful animals and thirty-five years ago traded my rifles for cameras.  I do like and endorse camera safari’s.  One occasion changed my mind when a bullet flew over my head opening day near the Chassahowitska Forrest, now a preserve in Florida. 

Like politics and just about anything else there are good hunters, conservationists, and then there are the others who stretch from just careless morons to poachers.  I have adopted the thinking shoot unneeded animals with a camera and a poacher with a rifle.

It occurred to me hunting with a camera offered more days you can be in the woods, less danger and cheaper framed trophies called pictures hanging on the wall which more people appreciate.