A bison mother lets its calf rub against its back in this photograph taken by Stephany Seay of Buffalo Field Campaign. Bison give birth in April and May and calves can keep up with the herd within 2 to 3 hours of birth (Stephany Seay/Buffalo Field Campaign)

There’s nothing as American as motherhood and … the American bison, soon to be the country’s national mammal. In this photograph taken by Stephany Seay of Buffalo Field Campaign, a mother lets her calf rub against her. Bison give birth in April and May. Newborns find their legs and can keep up with the herd within 2 to 3 hours of birth. Females weigh approximately 1,000 pounds, can run 35 mph and turn on a dime. There were an estimated 4,900 bison in Yellowstone National Park last summer, but a program seeks to reduce that number.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at angus@wyofile.com or (307)...

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