American Bison in Context

August 14, 2019 was the 33rd Wednesday of the year….the 54th day of Summer…and the 226th day of the year.  It was also Pakistan Independence Day…and World Lizard Day…six police officers were shot in Philadelphia on this day…and the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies by the score of 6-7.

I was up from the desert to visit my Utah kids and to hike on Antelope Island…and to see a summer sunrise from a favored place.

It may seem odd to find American Bison on a large island out in The Great Salt Lake in northern Utah…but they’re there anyway and they create something of an allure to visitors from both home and abroad.

Wikipedia provides that there are between 550 and 700 individual bison on the island during any given year…and that, because of the lack of natural, non-human predators, the herd can increase by about 25% per year.

I saw 5-6 different groupings of the bison during my hours on the island that day…including this medium-sized collection and another one that I will share in a later post.


12 responses

  1. That’s a great memory. Hope all is well with you and your Utah kids.

    February 20, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    • It truly is, Gary…and we are all doing well, thank you. Wishing the same for you and yours, friend.

      April 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm

  2. . . . all of the news from that day, I preferred reading about the buffalos . . . Very nice setting for enjoying the beasts. Since 1893, eh? Good on them (and people) for maintaining it that long.

    February 20, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    • Yes, most of the rest of it was drivel, Emilio, and not really worth noting, but wanted a contrast, so here we are. It really is a nice setting, too, and one that I’m sure you would enjoy if you ever made it out that way again. And I agree…it’s wonderful that the herd has been maintained for so long, even with the changing hands of the “ownership” of the island.

      April 17, 2021 at 1:46 pm

  3. Came across something in my internet travels about how it was the massacre of the bison that wiped out the prairies, creating conditions for the Dust Bowl. It’s not always obvious the balance that is upset when you destroy part of an ecosystem. World Lizard day can’t be all bad. I’m finally getting used to the sudden movement of our resident lizards here. 😧

    February 21, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    • I’ve read something about that, as well, Gunta…that whole “circle of life” thing got so out of whack with their removal from the prairies.

      April 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm

  4. Some day I hope to get back to Utah and see the Great Salt lake…meanwhile, thanks for your post. I love the intro. 🙂

    February 22, 2021 at 9:33 am

    • I’m aching to get back, myself…maybe within the next few months. And you’re most welcome for the post…and the intro. 😉

      April 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm

  5. Nice to see the bison Scott. Thank you.

    February 24, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    • It certainly is nice to see them out there…and you’re most welcome, Allen.

      April 17, 2021 at 1:50 pm

  6. Liana

    nice wordsmithery there, my friend!

    March 8, 2021 at 6:39 am

    • Thank you, much, lady. 🙂

      April 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm

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