At one time, the American Bison wandered the plains of North America in herds of millions. However, bison were extinct in the wild by the late 1800's due to hunting by European settlers. Bred in captivity since this time, their numbers now stand at between 30 and 50 thousand. These massive animals can weigh up to 3,000 pounds and reach 6 feet at the shoulder.
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