Winter Survival

Bison Grazing in Snow

A lone bison scavenges a grassy meal buried under a snow-covered meadow in Yellowstone Park.

These prehistoric beasts are well-adapted to survival in colder climes as winter temps here can plunge well into the negatives.  They use their strong neck muscles and shovel-shaped faces to plow through deep snow to find the nutrients beneath.  The bison is North America’s largest land mammal.  With adults’ weights ranging from 1,000-2,000 pounds or more, they have to eat a lot.  They are seen with their faces in the snow most of the time, perhaps only pausing to look up to momentarily observe a passing snowshoer.

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One thought on “Winter Survival”

  1. Know this is a ridicules comment – but they just look so soft and cuddly! (you don’t have to worry about me sneaking off to wrangle one into a bear hug….although I have given the odd common garden cow a good cuddle)

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