Bison Day is the 1st Saturday of November, celebrating this enormous animal. Bisons are the largest land animal in North America. Male bisons can be six feet tall at the shoulder and they can weigh 2,000 pounds.
Bisons are a type of buffalo that live in North America and Asia. They eat grasses and other plants. Bison are very important to the Plains Indians. The Indians used every part of the bison. They used the meat for food, the skin for clothing and shelter, and the bones for tools.
Bisons once roamed across North America by the millions. But by the late 1800s, they had been hunted to near extinction. There were only a few hundred bison left in all of North America. Thanks to conservation efforts, there are now more than 500,000 bison in North America.