Do not give this guy a lift in your car. They make terrible hitchhikers.
Do not approach the bison. They are very delicate.
Bison rutting season. You know when your friend is about to make an arse of himself, but you let him do it anyway because he just needs to get it out of his system? It's kind of like that. But he's a bison. And has horns.
It's that magical time of year when we rework some things around this site. Which will make it much easier to find whatever your heart desires. Did your heart desire bison today? Well, you just won the jackpot.
Out in North Dakota/Montana/Other places that the buffalo roam, it is the rutting season. That's when bison, (often called buffalo, but we know what you mean,) turn from rather boring creatures into hulks of manly testosterone spraying bull snot all over the countryside. You may think it's silly to wallow about in your own wee to display your strength and vigor. You may even think it's ridiculous to go stomping about and making a fool of yourself. To which we all say, "Then you've never been in love."
The rut season for the bison makes for great wildlife watching. If you are lucky enough to enjoy the spectacle of hormones, please be safe and live to tell the tale. For the sake of the public, here are some handy facts about bison for tourists that we just made up.
Bison Facts FAQ:
How fast are bison? Faster than you.
When is the rut? Depending on where you are, the rut generally runs from late July through August.
Why do bison have that hump? They wanted to be camels.
No really, why the hump? The hump is a huge bunch of muscles supported by long vertebrae. The bison has no trouble plowing snow in the winter with his face. He can tap dance on your skeleton if he decides to, and technically speaking, the bull bison is not exactly a "deep thinker" in the animal kingdom. Especially when he has "the ladies" on his mind. Seriously. Stay in your car and do no approach the bison.
How big is a bison? Bison are the largest mammals in North America. Bulls (males) are often around 2,000+ pounds/900+ kg.
Aren't they just like big cows? Ha ha. No.
I am one of those people who loudly insist that the term "buffalo" is incorrect because "TRUE BUFFALO" exist on other continents than NORTH AMERICA. Shut up. These people are easily identified by using ALL CAPS and should not be invited to barbecues.
They don't look like they could be that fast. Are you sure? They are quicker and more agile than they look. Which is partly why bison rut season watching is so much fun. Stay safe out there on your adventures! Cheers!