Are American Bison Slow And Clumsy?

Contrary to popular belief, bison are not the slow giants often portrayed in media and folklore.

Grasslands and prairies of North America


In fact, these colossal creatures are deceptively fast runners, capable of reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

Herbivorous, with a diet consisting of grasses, sedges, and other vegetation


This surprising velocity is a testament to their evolutionary adaptations, a result of the constant need to outpace natural predators that once roamed their historic habitats.

15-20 years

Average Lifespan

Imagine a creature weighing up to 2,000 pounds moving with the grace and swiftness of a sprinter—it’s a spectacle that challenges preconceived notions.

Lives in herds, with males and females forming separate groups for most of the year and coming together during mating season

Social behaviour

While their sheer size may suggest otherwise, bison possess a remarkable level of agility.

1000-2200 pounds (450-1000 kg) for males; 800-1200 pounds (360-540 kg) for females

Average Weight

This agility is not just for show; it’s a survival mechanism honed over generations.

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