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Bison in the Dirt

E.P. Haddon1947

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum Program

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum Program

This archival photograph shows a large bull bison rising to his feet after having a tumble in the dust. This is called wallowing, which helps prevent flies from biting and removes tufts of molted fur. Wallowing is also used to leave behind their scent and for bull bison to display their strength and vigor.

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  • Title: Bison in the Dirt
  • Creator: E.P. Haddon
  • Date Created: 1947
  • Location: Moiese, Montana
  • Subject Keywords: bison, National Bison Range, Montana, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum Program
  • Original Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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