Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Seen any bison lately?

I'm going to take a quick break from our trip to Yosemite to share a photo with you.  I saw this on Wikipedia's featured pictures page and it comes courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library.


What you're seeing is photo from about 1870 of a pile of bison skulls waiting to be ground into fertilizer.

Bison are amazing creatures.  If visit California, you can see a wild non-native heard on Catalina Island, about 22 miles off of Los Angeles.  They were brought to the island for a 1924 silent-era film.

5 comments:

RTD said...

Here in Grand Forks, ND, we have aguy that raises bison and has a butcher shop a few miles West of town.

Nate Maas said...

Roger, good to hear from you. That's cool. There's a private ranch that raises bison here in our county, so you can get a bison burger downtown here too. We're a pretty big beef producing county. I was surprised when I went away to college that tri-tip was so hard to find elsewhere.

mary said...

What a sad photo! Although I DO love bison burgers.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

In Holland we have the Party for the Animals. I'm sure their leader won't like your picture, or a bison-burger, haha. Still they have 2 seats in our parliament, they managed to ban slaughter without sedation (to the chagrin of Jews and Muslims).

Nate Maas said...

I hope those are fabric covered seats and not leather – unless there's also a Cotton Plants Rights Party too.