The Bison Prairie Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky is a great place to see Bison up close and personal. Bison are the largest land animal in North American weighing almost 2000 pounds.
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Bison Prairie Land
While visiting family in Murray, Kentucky, we checked out the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area Bison Prairie Land This Land is a recreation of what life was like 200 years ago on the prairie before most of the Bison in North American were killed.
The bison roams freely on the Land Between the Lakes prairie.
As you enter the gates to the prairie, you will notice a large sign warning you not to get out of your car if you see a bison within 200 feet. Once you see the buffalo up close, you truly understand why. They are enormous wild animals that weigh a ton. You will be in awe at their presence, or at least, we were. The Land Between The Lakes had thirty bison cows and two bison bulls. They had sixty bison cows, but each February they sell off half of them.
Before The Settlers
Before the settlers arrived in North America in the 1800s, there were approximately 60 – 100 million bison. Settlers killed the bison population down to only 1,000. Today, thanks to bison farmers, they are making a comeback. Their are approximately 500,000 bisons in North American today.
Casey’s Love For Bison
Several years ago my oldest son Casey, wrote a paper for school. He was about 16 years old at the time and is now 18 and a senior in high school. The paper was about Ted Turner. While doing this research, Casey fell in love with bison. Now, he researches bison all the time learning more and more. His research influenced him so much he wants to raise bison one day. I am sure he will do it. He knows every fact you could think of about bison and is always learning more information. He is also a junior member of the National Bison Association. I can see why Casey is fascinated with bison.
- They are the largest North American Land Animal weighing 2000 pounds.
- Despite the large size of bison, they are very quick on their feet and can run up to 40 miles per hour.
- They only eat grass, herbs and scrubs.
- Females are cows, and the males are bulls.
- Females give birth to one calf a year.
- Bison adapt to extreme weather conditions from summer heat to cold winters.
Even I am impressed with the Bison Nutritional Information:
Bison has far less fat, calories, and cholesterol than beef and is higher in vitamins and protein.
We had a great time observing the Bison freely roaming at The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area outside of Murray, Kentucky.