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Near Beulah in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success Marker
Inscription. Buffalo are fast, strong, and often unpredictable animals, but Indians understood bison behavior and used this knowledge effectively. For example, the Indians knew that manipulating herds of buffalo was easier than controlling individual animals. In late autumn, when most hunts occurred, bison were usually dispersed in small groups of cows and calves. After much planning and ceremony, scouts were sent out to gather the small groups into a critical mass of 200 to 500 buffalo and to position them within a few miles of the sinkhole.
When they sensed a threat, the bison naturally tended to seek the apparent safety of a large group. Scouts used various techniques to gently harass the small groups into one large herd without causing them to scatter, turn on their antagonists, stamped prematurely, or leave the area. Tribes are known to have used various kinds of decoys such as a man covered with a buffalo hide who positioned himself near the herd and pretended to be a calf in distress. Dominant cows would investigate and other buffalo would follow. The decoy would move closer to the trap. Buffalo would follow.
 
Erected by Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation.
 
Location. 44° 32.148′ N, 104° 9.42′ W. Marker is near Beulah
Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success Marker
Excavation site below.
, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker can be reached from Old U.S. 14 near Wyoming Route 111, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beulah WY 82712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ideal Hunting Ground (a few steps from this marker); Preparing for Impending Blizzards (within shouting distance of this marker); Vore Buffalo Jump (within shouting distance of this marker); Paha Sapa, Black Hills (approx. 2.5 miles away); Petrified Trees (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named The Vore Buffalo Jump (approx. 2.5 miles away); Bird of the Black Hills (approx. 2.5 miles away); Rich Colors, Rich Lands (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beulah.
 
More about this marker. The Vore Buffalo Jump site is located on Old U.S. 14 about 2 1/2 miles east of the Wyoming Welcome Center. The marker is found along the path leading down to the excavation site.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Additional markers are to be found on the path leading down to the excavation site. • Can you help?
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