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Life Lessons From Bison

April 15, 2022

Did you know that bison are our national mammal? Bison are without a doubt one of the most formidable and majestic animals out there. Although they were nearly wiped out in the 19th century, they have recently been enjoying a resurgence. Not only are bison being reintroduced to wild areas, more and more people are keeping them as livestock. As it turns out, we can learn quite a bit from these massive animals. Read on as a local Ruidoso, NM vet lists some life lessons from bison.

Go With The Flow

One thing that is truly remarkable about the bison is its ability to adapt to changing circumstances. They can thrive in absolutely brutal conditions, and can withstand blizzards and tornadoes without getting ruffled. That ability to act and adapt as needed is a crucial life lesson, and one that applies to people in all walks of life.

Live To The Fullest

We know, not everyone has the option of watching a herd of bison while sipping their morning coffee. However, we think everyone should experience this at least once. Start working on your bucket list!

Never Give Up

As mentioned above, bison were once hunted to the brink of extinction, but have made a remarkable comeback. There are now about 17 wild bison herds—roughly 10,000 head—throughout several states. That perseverance is something we can all take to heart. (Fun fact: Teddy Roosevelt was one of their biggest defenders. After seeing them on a hunting trip, he was so impressed that he enacted protections for them.)

Be In The Moment

Bison are truly captivating to watch. They may not be the most playful animals out there, but they are both graceful, and powerful, whether they’re running around or just calmly grazing.

Eat Lots Of Greens

We all know that veggies are good for us. Bison can also be a wonderful example of the importance of eating a proper diet!


Bison are continually on the move. (This is actually great for the land, as it prevents overgrazing.) Take time to explore new places, and try some new foods!

Have Fun

Bison may look imposing, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy themselves. Just like people, they like to play in the snow, relax in the sun, and hang out with their friends.

As your Ruidoso, NM animal clinic, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!