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10 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Beautiful Bison, in All Their Majestic Glory

[node:summary]10 photos that celebrate the bison and its majestic spirit.
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The bison is beloved for a reason. Many reasons, in fact. They have sustained us. We have ached at their persecution. And we have watched them come back, ever so slowly.

But how long since we simply watched them? This most majestic of animals, symbol of Turtle Island’s indigenous heritage and endurance to many, and potential national mammal of what is today the United States, is, quite simply, beautiful. Beautiful, awe-inspiring, a sight to take one’s breath away and make us contemplate the inventiveness of Mother Earth.

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Here, in celebration of the bison spirit, is a compilation of photos that manage to capture those qualities, to the extent that likenesses are able to do so.

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Photo: Jack Dykinga/Agricultural Research Service/USDA

Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

"Daybreak"

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“Where the Buffalo Roam”

Photo: Ted Wood/World Wildlife Fund for Nature

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Returning to Fort Peck

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Bison in Yellowstone

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Home, home on the range....

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Bison in the mist

Photo: Richard C. Hager/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Bison roam the fields at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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Bison on the Canadian prairies

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Sunset silhouette