American Bison (Bison bison) - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming
The soft glow of first light reveals the silhouette of a bison herd grazing in a foggy meadow. These magnificent beasts, which once roamed the plains of North America by the millions, are now represented by only a few thousand animals. Due to a mass slaughter in the late 19th century, bison were killed by the millions, mostly for their skins, and as a tactical move to decimate the main food source of Native Americans. The majority of wild buffalo live in and around Yellowstone National Park. Unbelievably, they are still being harassed and slaughtered over unfounded beliefs that they will spread disease to commercial animals.