Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This herd traces its roots to 1962, when Walt Disney donated a herd of American Bison to William S. Hart Regional Park. To discourage inbreeding, the County of Los Angeles has exchanged some of its animals with other facilities over the years; thus, the bison you see today are not all related by blood to the original Disney herd.
Often incorrectly called "buffalo,” bison are native to the Midwestern prairies and may live up to 40 years in captivity. In 2016, the American Bison was designated the national mammal of the United States.
This herd retains many of its wild characteristics. If a bison’s tail hangs down and swings naturally, the animal is calm. If the tail stands straight up, it might be ready to charge. Bison are highly unpredictable and can be dangerous. They can spin quickly, jump up to 6 feet, and run at speeds up to 35 mph. They have poor eyesight, but have excellent senses of smell and hearing. The largest North American mammals, bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds - larger than grizzly bears, moose or elk. They spend 9 to 11 hours foraging on grasses and weeds, consuming about 1.6 percent of their total
Please treat the bison respectfully and do not feed them, as they have strict dietary requirements.
Erected 2016 by County of Los Angeles; and Blake Jackson, Troop 2 Eagle Scout Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
Location. 34° 22.423′ N, 118° 31.768′ W. Marker is in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Market Street 0.2 miles south of Newhall Avenue. Walk 200 feet south of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22900 Market St, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); American Revolution (approx. ¼ mile away); William J. Johnston Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); End of an Era (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edison House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Oil RefineryEternal Valley (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
Also see . . . Friends of Hart Park. Information about these and other animals at the park, with links to articles about the history of bison at the park. (Submitted on January 27, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.