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How 60 Million Bison Became 1,000 in a Century

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How 60 Million Bison Became 1,000 in a Century

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In the late 1700s, more than 60 million bison roamed the Great Plains. Over the years, demand for fur and meat drove their numbers down until, by the end of the 19th century, there were just a 1,000 left.


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It covers all or parts of 10 U.S. states and a vast area of more than half a million square miles. It's the Great Plains and this aerial tour makes it easy to understand why it's called America's breadbasket. Join us over prairies, where wild bison roam, past fertile fields first planted by pioneers centuries ago, and across rugged badlands filled with fossils. We explore this region's stunning beauty and reveal the stories of emigrant families, religious exiles, and hopeful prospectors that collectively tell the birth of the Great Plains.

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