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Great Plains Bison
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A Project of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska

Great Plains Bison traces the history and ecology of this American symbol from the origins of the great herds that once dominated the prairie to its near extinction in the late nineteenth century and the subsequent efforts to restore the bison population.

A longtime wildlife biologist and one of the most powerful literary voices on the Great Plains, Dan O’Brien has managed his own ethically run buffalo ranch since 1997. Drawing on both extensive research and decades of personal experience, he details not only the natural history of the bison but also its prominent symbolism in Native American culture and its rise as an icon of the Great Plains. Great Plains Bison is a tribute to the bison’s essential place at the heart of the North American prairie and its ability to inspire naturalists and wildlife advocates in the fight to preserve American biodiversity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Chapter One. The Great Plains: The Lay of the Land
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter Two. Invasion: The First Wave
  2. pp. 15-25
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  1. Chapter Three. Cleansing the Land: Killing the Buffalo on the Central and Southern Plains
  2. pp. 26-36
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  1. Chapter Four. The Empty Land: The Slaughter Moves North
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. Chapter Five. The Old Switcheroo: The Second Wave
  2. pp. 65-74
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  1. Chapter Six. Penning the Prairie: The Third Wave
  2. pp. 75-81
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  1. Chapter Seven. The Unintended Consequences of Technology: The Fourth Wave
  2. pp. 82-94
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  1. Chapter Eight. The Resistance: Creeping Back from the Shadows
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. Chapter Nine. Legacy: Lessons from the Buffalo
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. Appendix: Where to Find Buffalo on the Great Plains
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 121-126
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