Andrew Isenberg's "The Destruction of the Bison" Book Review

Andrew Isenberg's "The Destruction of the Bison"
Reviews Andrew Isenberg's book "The Destruction of the Bison", which traces the history of the American dwarf bison from its ancestors the giant bison to its refuge in Yellowstone Park.
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This paper relates that Andrew Isenberg in "The Destruction of the Bison" looks at the 10,000 years story of the interrelationship between people and the bison. Next, the author highlights Isenberg's telling of how the paleoindians, the American nomadic Indians, such as the Comanche, and the euroamericans used the bison for food, shelter, cloths, small tools, trade and sport. The paper underscores that Isenberg believes that both these humans and climatic events led to the near decimation of the American bison; however, the herd has been rebuilt and remains the symbol of the American West.

From the Paper:

"Bison fed on grasses in the Great Plains; grasses were at their peak in the summer time when they grew the most. The taller the grass the more carbohydrates they possessed, so that is when bison gathered in large groups to eat the grasses and mate. Autumn was also the most dry period of the year, and fire storms, such as the one in the 1760's, were common across the rolling great plains, which annihilated large numbers of bison that got caught in the wake of the flames.
"Drought was also another factor in the decimation of the bison, there would be decades of normal weather, but then there would be a decade of drought, during droughts grass remained innutritious and short, which was not the ideal circumstances for bison."

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