When the Bison Come Back, Will the Ecosystem Follow?

Prior to European settlement, research suggests that between 30 to 60 million bison roamed the North American Great Plains. By 1889, the North American bison had been slaughtered to near extinction, and less than 1,000 remained across the continent. There was no civilization around the world that linked their culture so closely to the bison than the Native tribes on the Great Plains. There were between 2 and 18 million Native people on this continent, and many of those tribal territories overlapped and coexisted with the bison. The Blackfoot people, who now live in northern Montana and southern Alberta, are one of those tribes.

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