Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
For months on end their food is buried. Herbivores – plant-eaters – face the same relentless winter fate: adapt or starve.
To reach sedges and dry grass, bison swing their huge heads back and forth, clearing away the drifts. Fields become pocked with bowl-shaped “feeding craters.”
Since bison often stand motionless for hours, conserving strength, their foraging techniques are not always evident. Look for the white mask of survival – snow still clinging to a shaggy face.
The Bisons Hump
Life in deep snow has selectively shaped bison anatomy. Above neck and shoulders, large muscles attached to bony spinal projections give the dark heads tremendous excavating power.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 27.548′ N, 110° 49.666′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Lower Grand Loop Road (U.S. 287), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, near Old Faithful geyser. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, Beehive Geyser (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crested Pool (approx. half a mile away); Castle Geyser (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grand Geyser (approx. 0.7 miles away); Beauty and Chromatic Pools (approx. 0.8 miles away); Giant Geyser (approx. one mile away); Daisy Geyser (approx. 1.1 miles away); Grotto Geyser (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. An image of a bison showing its skeletal structure appears at the center of the marker.
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