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10 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Beautiful Bison, in All Their Majestic Glory

The bison is beloved for a reason. Many reasons, in fact. They have sustained us. We have ached at their persecution. And we have watched them come back, ever so slowly.

But how long since we simply watched them? This most majestic of animals, symbol of Turtle Island’s indigenous heritage and endurance to many, and potential national mammal of what is today the United States, is, quite simply, beautiful. Beautiful, awe-inspiring, a sight to take one’s breath away and make us contemplate the inventiveness of Mother Earth.

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Here, in celebration of the bison spirit, is a compilation of photos that manage to capture those qualities, to the extent that likenesses are able to do so.

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Photo: Jack Dykinga/Agricultural Research Service/USDA

Photo: Jack Dykinga/Agricultural Research Service/USDA

"Daybreak" (Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

“Daybreak”

“Where the Buffalo Roam” (Thinkstock)

Thinkstock

“Where the Buffalo Roam”

Returning to Fort Peck (Photo: Ted Wood/World Wildlife Fund for Nature)

Photo: Ted Wood/World Wildlife Fund for Nature

Returning to Fort Peck

 

 

 

Bison in Yellowstone (Photo: Thinkstock)

Photo: Thinkstock

Bison in Yellowstone

Home, home on the range.... (Thinkstock)

Thinkstock

Home, home on the range….

Bison in the mist (Thinkstock)

Thinkstock

Bison in the mist

 

 

 

Bison roam the fields at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Richard C. Hager/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Photo: Richard C. Hager/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Bison roam the fields at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Bison on the Canadian prairies (Thinkstock)

Thinkstock

Bison on the Canadian prairies

Sunset silhouette (Jason Kasumovic/Thinkstock)

Jason Kasumovic/Thinkstock

Sunset silhouette

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