Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam and the skies are not cloudy all day. This is from Home on the Range, an anthem of The West (and the state song of Kansas). Oops, the American buffalo is not a buffalo, but a bison (scientific name: bison bison). There are many websites highlighting the differences between bison and buffalo, like here.
As it happens, there are not many pure-bred bison these days; they’ve been naughty with cattle. However, the bison in Yellowstone look like bison. The bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park showed their cattle genes. I’ll post those pictures later. In the meantime, here are some of my many photos of bison in Yellowstone:
Traveler’s Tip: visit the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone early in the day to see the herds. (In the Lamar Valley, I kept wanting to say “Not Hedy, Hedley!”)