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Should The Bison Be Named National Mammal?

Sen. Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Johnson (D-SD) Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Johanns (R-NE), Sen. Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Moran (R-KS), Sen. Portman (R-OH), Sen. Thune (R-SD), Sen. Udall (D-CO), Sen. Udall (D-NM), and Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI).  What do these esteemed Senators all have in common?  They all want to see the Bison established as the National Mammal of the United States.

The bison is already the state mammal of Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Kansas. They can be found on coins; the logos of sports teams, businesses, and academic institutions; and even on the National Park Service’s seal.  The largest land mammal in the country, this iconic animal’s grazing patterns shaped the Great Plains and the lifestyle of the Native Americans who lived there.

 Scientific name Bison bison, (is that confidence or redundancy?) the Buffalo has been important for centuries to our history and culture. Today, it lives in all 50 states.  If you support the idea of making the biaon the National Mammal, ask your Senators to sign onto the National Bison Legacy Act. 

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Or maybe you have another idea.  What animal SHOULD be the National Mammal…and why?

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