Bison Herd

Picking up where we left off yesterday, I mentioned that while photographing the elk, I turned around and noticed a bison was following us.

I got off the tram and crouched down to get a lower angle. He kept getting closer and closer….

and finally the tram driver told us to get back on board as he was getting too close.

Then he walked right up to the tram and stared at us.

After we all got a good look, we traveled to another part of the refuge to see the rest of the bison herd.

We’ve visited the small herd of less than 20 bison at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve down by Strong City, KS on several occasions, so seeing such a large herd here was a very different experience. And unlike the bison at the Tallgrass who pay us little attention and behave more naturally, the bison here actively followed and even chased the tram thinking we might have food.

A refuge truck appeared and fed the bison some range cubes which is what they had been waiting for. (I took a video of feeding time which I’ll post for you tomorrow.)

As we left we noticed a bison calf not more than a couple months old standing alongside its mother.

What a cutie.

If you would like to see elk or bison really close up, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge is well worth a visit.

Click HERE to go to their website.



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7 Responses

  1. Alica says:

    That’s pretty close, I’d say! You certainly have some adventures! 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    Wow, I have seen bison but never that close. It’s fur is like wool around his head. Very cool but scary.

  3. Chester's Mom says:

    I know this is a strange question, but do they smell like cattle? Or did you get that close?

    • Suzanne says:

      Didn’t smell anything, in fact every time I’ve been around bison I’ve never noticed any odor at all, except if they have just pooped.

  4. Nancy says:

    Suzanne these are the most amazing pictures!! Love them all!…Hmmm maybe a Bison calendar in the future?

  5. Hi Suzanne,
    I was amazed looking at your photos, seeing the details of the Bison. I am content getting this close to them. You sure have some wonderful adventures! Those are awesome photos!

  6. Doe of Mi. says:

    Wow, very nice.

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