Mary Meagher - The Bison of Yellowstone National Park
An historic 1973 manuscript by bison ecologist Mary Meagher on the
life history of bison in Yellowstone.
William T. Hornaday Ebook link to The Extermination of the
A personalized copy to Theodore Roosevelt of an historic 1886-87
manuscript by William T. Hornaday on the extirpation of the American
bison from its native range.
“It is hoped that the following historical account of the
discovery, partial utilization, and almost complete extermination
of the great American bison may serve to cause the public to fully
realize the folly of allowing all our most valuable and interesting
American mammals to be wantonly destroyed in the same manner. The
wild buffalo is practically gone forever, and in a few more years,
when the whitened bones of the last bleaching skeleton shall have
been picked up and shipped East for commercial uses, nothing will
remain of him save his old, well-worn trails along the water-courses,
a few museum specimens, and regret for his fate. If his untimely
end fails even to point a moral that shall benefit the surviving
species of mammals which are now being slaughtered in like manner,
it will be sad indeed.” William T. Hornaday
The Extermination of the American Bison, William T. Hornaday, Superintendent
of the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, United
States National Museum, 1886-'87 Report of the National Museum,
pages 369-548. EBook courtesy of The Project Cutenberg EBook.