The Extermination of the American Bison by William T. Hornaday

The Extermination of the American Bison

byWilliam T. Hornaday

Kobo ebook | July 11, 2013

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This edition features
 • illustrations
 • a linked Table of Contents, Footnotes, and Index
Prefatory note
Part I. — The life history of the bison
I. Discovery of the species
II. Geographical distribution
III. Abundance
IV. Character of the species
1. The buffalo’s rank amongst ruminants
2. Change of form in captivity
3. Mounted specimens in museums
4. The calf
5. The yearling
6. The spike bull
7. The adult bull
8. The cow in the third year
9. The adult cow
10. The “Wood” or “Mountain Buffalo”
11. The shedding of the winter pelage
V. Habits of the buffalo
VI. The food of the buffalo
VII. Mental capacity and disposition of the buffalo
VIII. Value to mankind
IX. Economic value of the bison to Western cattle-growers
1. The bison in captivity and domestication
2. Need of an improvement in range cattle
3. Character of the buffalo-domestic hybrid
4. The bison as a beast of burden
5. List of bison herds and individuals in captivity

Part II. — The extermination
I. Causes of the extermination
II. Methods of slaughter
1. The “still hunt”
2. The chase on horseback
3. Impounding
4. The surround
5. Decoying and driving
6. Hunting on snow-shoes
III. Progress of the extermination
A. The period of desultory destruction
B. The period of systematic slaughter
1. The Red River half-breeds
2. The country of the Sioux
3. Western railways, and their part in the extermination of the buffalo
4. The division of the universal herd
5. The destruction of the southern herd
6. Statistics of the slaughter
7. The destruction of the northern herd
IV. Legislation to prevent useless slaughter
V. Completeness of the wild buffalo’s extirpation
VI. Effects of the disappearance of the bison
VII. Preservation of the species from absolute extinction

Part III. — The Smithsonian expedition for specimens
I. The exploration for specimens
II. The hunt
III. The mounted group in the National Museum

Title:The Extermination of the American BisonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 11, 2013Publisher:VolumesOfValueLanguage:English

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