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Roaming Acres Bison

Bison are mistakenly referred to as Buffalo. The large beautiful creatures in the United States are Bison. Buffalo are actually mammals such as Water Buffalo.

Bison are the largest land animal in the United States. A mature bull can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, stand 6 feet tall and 12 feet long. The hump on a Bison is actually made of muscle, supported by vertebrae. The strong, wide head and hump allow the Bison to plow through deep snow. Bison can run up to 40 miles per hour, are able to jump up to 6 feet vertically and spin in a different direction very quickly. Bison can live between 12-20 years.

There are approximately 500,000 Bison nationwide. Roughly 30,000 are on managed preserves. The rest are raised on farms or ranches.

Bison is a red meat lover’s dream come true. It provides all the flavor of beef without the downside. You can enjoy succulent steaks without high cholesterol and juicy burgers without all the fat. It’s lower in cholesterol than even chicken and is a great source of iron.

Sources: The Bison Council, National Geographic, The Wildlife Federation, Live Strong

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