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The history of the Oklahoma bison

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history of the Oklahoma bison

Great herds of bison once roamed North America between the Appalachian Mountains on the east and the Rockies on the west, making Oklahoma a prime location to find these massive creatures grazing on open plains.

In the late 1800s bison were threatened with extinction, with fewer than 1,000 left. Oklahoma then stepped into action and the first national preserve for bison (which later became the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Reserve) was founded in Cache in 1907.

In 1972, the bison was named the official state mammal of Oklahoma, and even became the national mammal of the United States more recently in 2016.

Carolyn Taylor, Jones PR

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