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<p align="center"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong><span style="font-family: Times New Romen;">American Bison</span></strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&quot;The American bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds. Their range once roughly comprised a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada&#39;s far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo Le&oacute;n, and east along the western boundary of the Appalachian Mountains.[2] Because of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century, the bison nearly became extinct and is today restricted to a few national parks and reserves. Two subspecies or ecotypes have been described: the plains bison (Bison bison bison), smaller in size and with a more rounded hump, and the wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) &ndash; the larger of the two and having a taller, square hump.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Furthermore, it has been suggested that the plains bison consists of a northern (Bison bison montanae) and a southern subspecies, bringing the total to three.[6] However, this is generally not supported. The wood bison is one of the largest wild species of bovid in the world, surpassed by only the Asian gaur and wild Asian water buffalo. It is the largest extant land animal in North America.&quot; The above quote is taken from Wikipedia.org </span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Bison Grazing </span></strong></p>


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<span style="font-size: x-large;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Bull Bison </span></strong></span><br />

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<p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Bull bison checking a cow to see if she is close to her mating time</span>.<br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>&nbsp; Red Dog Calf and Mom</strong></span><br />

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<p align="center"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Dusting Bison</strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">This bison is dust bathing or dusting. The quote below is taken from </span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&quot;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">Dust bath (also sand bath) is the act of an animal grooming and most likely cleansing its skin or fur from parasites by rolling or moving around within dust or sand.[1]&quot;</span><br />

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<strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Hiding Bison</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">This bull thought he could hide behind the tree and I could not see him. </span></p>


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<strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Fighting Bulls</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">A pair of young bulls play fighting.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Red Dog</span></strong></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Red Dog is more of a descriptive term. The new calf at birth is this color and may stay this color for a month or so.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Tending His Mate</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">This bull is tending a possible mate. He is actually guarding her from any other bull that comes around.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Nursing Red Dog</strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Grazing Herd</span></strong></span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Pair Of Bulls</span></strong></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Bull UP Close</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Scratching Her Back</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">He was close!!! About five feet away, I used a close-up lens. I know what you are thinking, no I am not nuts I was in my truck.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Real Good Bath</span></strong></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Grazing</span></strong></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Just Checking</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Walking The Ridge</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">The magestic &quot;Grand Teton Mountain&quot; in the background.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Gentle Giant</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Drinking From A Cool Stream</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">At The Mineral Lick</span></strong><br />

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<p><span style="font-size: x-large;">In this image The bison are at a mineral lick taking in the nutrient by eating the earth.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The quote below is taken from Wikipedia.</span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 6pt; line-height: 19pt;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&quot;A </span><span style="font-family: Helvetica-Bold;"><strong>mineral lick</strong></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"> (also known as </span><span style="font-family: Helvetica-Bold;"><strong>salt lick</strong></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"> or </span><span style="font-family: Helvetica-Bold;"><strong>natural lick</strong></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">) is a natural <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">mineral</span></a> deposit where animals in nutrient-poor <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosystem"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">ecosystems</span></a> can obtain essential <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_nutrients"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">mineral nutrients</span></a>. In an ecosystem, salt/mineral licks often occur naturally, providing the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">sodium</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">calcium</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">iron</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphorus"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">phosphorus</span></a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">zinc</span></a> required in the springtime for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">bone</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">muscle</span></a> and other growth in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">deer</span></a> and other wildlife, such as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">moose</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">elephants</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">cattle</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodchuck"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">woodchucks</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_sheep"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">domestic sheep</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_squirrel"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">fox squirrels</span></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_goat"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">mountain goats</span></a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porcupine"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">porcupines</span></a>. Harsh weather exposes salty <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">mineral</span></a> deposits that draw animals from miles away for a taste of needed nutrients. It is thought that certain fauna can detect <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">calcium</span></a> in salt licks.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_lick#cite_note-0"><span style="color: #0049a6; text-decoration: none;">[1]&quot;</span></a></span></span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">At The Water Hole</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Scratching My Neck</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Taking A Nap</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Red Dog Munching</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">A Bison Jam</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">The bison go anywhere they want. If it is on or across the road you have a &quot;Bison Jam&quot;. If they stop you wait, untill they move. Just do not get too close they are known to turn and charge a car and they will move it any place they want it to go.</span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Just A Glint In His Eye That You Have To Love </span></strong></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">I Am All Alone</span></strong><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: xx-large;">Not Any More </span></strong><br />

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