U. S. National Mammal: The American Bison

15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of our country — and much like the eagle, it’s one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time.

In prehistoric times, millions of bison roamed North America — from the forests of Alaska and the grasslands of Mexico to Nevada’s Great Basin and the eastern Appalachian Mountains. But by the late 1800s, there were only a few hundred bison left in the United States after European settlers pushed west, reducing the animal’s habitat and hunting the bison to near extinction. Had it not been for a few private individuals working with tribes, states and the Interior Department, the bison would be extinct today.

Explore more fun facts about the American bison:

1. Bison are the largest mammal in North America

2. Since the late 19th century, Interior has been the primary national conservation steward of the bison

3. What’s the difference between bison and buffalo? While bison and buffalo are used interchangeably, in North America the scientific name is bison.

4.Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times.

5. What’s a “red dog”? It’s a baby bison.

6. The history of bison and Native Americans are intertwined. Bison have been integral to tribal culture, providing them with food, clothing, fuel, tools, shelter and spiritual value. Established in 1992, the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council works with the National Park Service to transfer bison from national park lands to tribal lands.

7. You can judge a bison’s mood by its tail.

8. Wind Cave National Park’s herd helped revive bison populations around the country.

9. Bison may be big, but they’re also fast.

10. Pass the salad, please. Bison primarily eat grasses, weeds and leafy plants — typically foraging for 9-11 hours a day.

11. From hunter to conservationist, Teddy Roosevelt helped save bison from extinction.

12. Bison can live up to 20 years old.

13. A little dirt won’t hurt. Called wallowing, bison roll in the dirt to deter biting flies and help shed fur.

14. The American bison’s ancestors can be traced to southern Asia thousands of years ago.

15. Bison are nearsighted — who knew?

For the entire article: https://www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

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5/9/16 President Obama signs H.R. 2908, the “National Bison Legacy Act,” which adopts the
North American bison
as the national mammal of the United States.

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, May 10,, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
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    10:20 AM
    President Obama convenes a National Security Council meeting on ISIL
    Situation Room

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    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:40 PM
    President Obama honors the 2016 NCAA UConn Huskies women’s basketball team
    East Room

    3:00 PM
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    5:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an OutGiving Event hosted by the Gill Foundation
    Private Residence

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    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Joyful Heart Gala
    Lincoln Center

    9:00 PM
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  2. WOMEN’S HOOPS TO BE HONORED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON MAY 10

    Huskies Will Make Trip to Washington, D.C. For Fourth-Straight Year

    May 5, 2016 UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

    STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s basketball team has been invited to the White House by President Obama in recognition of the Huskies’ 2016 national championship. The team will travel to our nation’s capital on Tuesday, May 10 and the formal ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room.

    Fans can watch the ceremony live by clicking on THIS LINK.

    The women’s basketball team has made a trip to the White House in each of the last four seasons and Tuesday will mark the sixth visit since President Obama’s first inauguration on January 20, 2009.

    UConn completed its sixth perfect season with an 82-51 victory over No. 17/15 Syracuse on April 5. The team was led by the All-America trip of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, each of whom was selected to the All-NCAA Tournament Team. Additionally, Stewart won her unprecedented fourth-consecutive Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor.

    For more: http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/050516aaa.html

    The trio went on to become the first teammates to be selected No. 1-3 in the WNBA Draft and all three are scheduled to be in attendance on Tuesday.

    • May 10, 2016

      Remarks by the President Honoring the 2016 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut Huskies

      East Room

      2:41 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat. You guys have been through this before. You know what to do. (Laughter.) Sit down. So there’s an old saying: You can’t win all the time. (Laughter.) Except this team seems to consistently want to bust that cliché. Ladies and gentlemen, for the fourth year in a row, give it up for the NCAA Champion, UConn Huskies! (Applause.)

      As you might be able to tell, there are some Huskies fans in the house. (Laughter.) Almost the entire congressional delegation from Connecticut. Mr. Larry McHugh, Chairman of the University Of Connecticut Board Of Trustees. David Benedict, the University of Connecticut’s Athletic Director.

      When I called Coach Geno to congratulate him for winning the title — again — I told him we’d have his room ready for him when he gets here. It’s a small room, with a cot. He doesn’t get the Lincoln bedroom. But he does seem to spend an awful lot of time here. As it turns out, the Huskies are generous hosts, as well. I’ve got an open invitation to join their Xbox 360 Rock Band group, the Delta Commas. (Laughter.) In nine months I will have some time on my hands.

      But congratulations, Coach, on your 11th national championship. (Applause.) What an extraordinary record. He has now broken the record set by the legendary John Wooden for the most championships by a head coach in Division I sports. And this season, the Huskies broke another NCAA record — they won the most consecutive national championships by one team. Coach Auriemma’s players will tell you he is one of the foremost experts on tough love. I’m pretty good at that, too. You can ask Malia and Sasha. (Laughter.) But to an entire generation of athletes and young women, he has been a lifelong teacher and friend. And all of us, even Huskies’ rivals, are going to be cheering him on when he takes Team USA to the Women’s Basketball Gold Medal in the Olympics this year. (Applause.) Bring on the Gold!

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/10/remarks-president-honoring-2016-ncaa-champion-university-connecticut

  3. 10:20 AM ET
    President Obama convenes a National Security Council meeting on ISIL
    Situation Room

  4. Job Openings in the U.S. Climb to Second-Highest in Records

    May 10, 2016 Sho Chandra — bloomberg

    Job openings rose more than projected in March, a sign the U.S. labor market was still strong toward the end of the first quarter.

    The number of positions waiting to be filled in the U.S. increased by 149,000 to 5.76 million, the second-highest in data back to 2000, from a revised 5.61 million in February, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday. Hiring slumped and more Americans quit their jobs.

    Rising job listings and subdued dismissals indicate demand for workers remained steady in March even as economic growth was starting to slow, continuing the divergence seen in the past year. The report, which includes some measures tracked by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, is in sync with the central bank’s view of continued labor-market progress.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-10/job-openings-in-the-u-s-increased-in-march-hiring-slumped

  5. WH

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere
    University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Lew
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
    3:55 PM
    President Obama signs S. 1890 – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
    Oval Office

    4:00 PM
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    7:00 PM
    Vice President and Dr. Biden will attend the 2016 Invictus Games
    Tampa, FL

    8:00 PM
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  6. 12:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere
    University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

  7. May 11, 2016

    Remarks by the President at Signing of S. 1890 – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

    Oval Office

    3:43 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the outstanding members of Congress who are standing behind me — a bipartisan group, who, working with our Trade Representative’s Office, as well as our Patent Office, have not only developed but actually passed for my signature the legislation that for the first time will provide civil actions for companies or individuals that are stealing trade secrets from our American innovators.

    As many of you know, one of the biggest advantages that we’ve got in this global economy is that we innovate, we come up with new services, new goods, new products, new technologies. Unfortunately, all too often, some of our competitors, instead of competing with us fairly, are trying to steal these trade secrets from American companies. And that means a loss of American jobs, a loss of American markets, a loss of American leadership.

    What these members of Congress have done is to, on a bipartisan basis, pass a strong enforcement bill that allows us not only to go after folks who are stealing trade secrets through criminal actions, but also through civil actions, and hurt them where it counts in their pocketbook.

    And so I want to thank everybody who’s been working on this. I should add that Congress could do even more if we get the Trans-Pacific Partnership passed, because TPP contains additional enforcement tools for us to be able to make sure that any of the countries that are signed up for this have to work with us to prevent this kind of theft of trade secrets. And at a time when the Asia Pacific region is growing rapidly and where American businesses are competing, unfortunately one of the problems that we have in that region is the tendency to steal trade secrets, produce knockoffs for those markets, and we end up losing business, and that means we’re losing American jobs.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/11/remarks-president-signing-s-1890-defend-trade-secrets-act-2016

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