Letters to the Editor

Bison have much in common with politics

How timely, especially during this contentious election season, to read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on the bison being named America’s first national mammal.

The similarities to politics are striking.

Bison are often called buffalo, but they’re not. Don’t be buffaloed, it’s a bison.

Native Americans hunted bison by channeling large herds over a cliff follow-the-leader style. The fall would routinely kill more bison than they could ever use.

Mature males seldom travel alone. Males and females travel in separate herds and don’t mingle until reproduction season.

Wallowing is a common bison behavior. They routinely wallow in depressions in the earth, whether wet or dry, covering themselves with mud or dust.

Bison temperament is unpredictable. They may appear to be lazy, peaceful, or unconcerned but they may attack anything or anyone without warning or provocation. They run faster than you might think, too.

The most obvious bison weapon is their horns but their massive heads can be used as battering rams. Their hind legs can be used to kill or maim as well.

Several pet food companies use bison meat in dog food.

No information is available as to how you can tell a Democratic bison from a Republican.

Bill Malec, O’Fallon