Bison bison (Bison)
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Habitat: Shortgrass plains.

Habits: Bison are grazers like cattle, but are hardier and less selective of the plants they eat. Bison will travel a long way for water, but can go for long periods without it. Bison have a keen sense of smell but poor eyesight. They maintain contact by uttering hoglike grunts. This species, once found in large numbers throughout the state, was extinct in Oklahoma by the late 1800s. Fifteen individuals were reintroduced to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in 1907; the herd currently is maintained at about 600 animals.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

For more information, view the Mammalian Species account for this species.

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