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American Bison and Pronghorn

Part of Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

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October Afternoon, Mid-1800s, Wyoming

This diorama is set in the mid-1800s, when the prairies teemed with tens of millions of bison. A few decades later fewer than a thousand remained. The species was nearly exterminated for hides and sport, and to subdue Native Americans who relied on bison for food and livelihood.

This “great slaughter” ignited the first effort to save a mammal from extinctio