American Bison by Dale F. Lott
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American Bison
By Dale F. Lott

American Bison

A Natural History

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American Bison by Dale F. Lott

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American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, "American Bison" takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grace to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520240629
ISBN-10: 0520240626
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 245
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Intraspecific Variation in the Social Systems of Wild Vertebrates by Dale F. Lott Intraspecific Variation in the Social Systems of Wild Vertebrates, Paperback (July 2009)

Those interested in social systems and more generally in animal behaviour and ecology will find this book to be an invaluable source of information and ideas.

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Author Biography - Dale F. Lott

Dale F. Lott (1934-2004) was Professor Emeritus of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Intraspecific Variation in the Social Systems of Wild Vertebrates (1991).

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