When bison travel, they walk in single file.
You scratch my back
Bison spend a lot of time grooming – rubbing themselves on trees so much they tear off the bark and leave the trunk smooth.
Bison babies, called calves, can walk and run within a few hours of birth, but bison moms still keep a close eye on their calves and will charge at any intruders. Young calves have red coats, but turn entirely brown in four months.
At a Glance
Bison bison athabascae
545 – 818 kg (1,200 – 1,800 lb)
Grasslands, meadows and open prairie of North America
Herbivore. Wood bison graze on prairie grasses year round, but when food is scarce they will eat lichens (a type of fungus) and moss. In the winter they dig in the deep snow, sweeping their muzzles from side to side to reach buried plants.