A Wild Look at Bison: Brett French Radio Show Preview
Reading excerpts from Lewis and Clark journals written in the early 1800s you get an idea of what it must have been like to see endless swarms of bison on the western plains. The closest you can come to that now is to spend a day in Yellowstone National Park. The July through August breeding season for bison may be one of the best times since the animals are so vocal and active.
On a recent trip into the park’s Hayden Valley bison were mingling along the Yellowstone River, swimming across the river and bulls were rolling in the dirt. With the rut at full bore all of the animals seemed a bit edgy and excited. Granted, Yellowstone’s fall elk rut – which is just around the corner – is pretty amazing, too. But there’s nothing quite like the summer bison breeding season to transport you back in time, even if it’s only for a few minutes, to when bison once ruled the plains.