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Oklahoma State Animal :

American buffalo - click to see all state mammal symbols
Bison / buffalo photo © James Ownby: My View of Nature (used by permission)
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Buffalo

American buffalo video

Oklahoma designated the buffalo as official state animal 1972. A bull buffalo can weigh over 1800 pounds and stand 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Buffalo once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for the plains Indians. But European settlers hunted buffalo to the brink of extinction - it's estimated that between 300 - 500 animals remained when the federal government passed stricter game laws in 1889.

Buffalo bull - click to see all state mammal symbols
Photo of American buffalo bull © MasterClips®
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The buffalo is an inseparable part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.

Source:
Oklahoma State Icons: OK.gov
Bison: Yellowstone National Park
Nature: American Buffalo: PBS
Bison (Bison bison): South Dakota Northern University
Links:
Bison: Yellowstone National Park Photos
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