Are bison dangerous? | The Sun

Are bison dangerous? | The Sun

07/18/2022

A small number of bison have been released in Kent as part of a project to improve biodiversity.

But are they dangerous, and what's the difference between them and buffalo?

Are bison dangerous?

Bison are known to be aggressive and territorial creatures.

Yellowstone National Park in the USA – home to thousands of bison -requires visitors to stay over 25 yards from them.

Three people have been attacked by bison at the park in 2022 so far.

They're Europe's largest mammal and are both unpredictable and quick, running three times faster than a human.

And the risk of injury if you don't follow safety guidelines is real.

According the the park, Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal.

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What is the different between a bison and a buffalo?

At first glance, bison and buffalo might look quite similar.

Ox-like in appearance, both creatures are large, powerful and members of the Bovidae family.

One easy way to tell them apart is that bison have a hump at their shoulders, unlike buffalo.

There are also differences in terms of their facial hair, as bison have thick beards, unlike buffalo.

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Buffalo will tend to have big horns, which can be over 6 feet in length. Bison horns on the other hand are far shorter and more sharp.

Why are there bison in Kent?

Bison have been released in Kent as part of the £1.1m rewilding Wilder Blean project, KentOnline reported.

It's hoped the land mammals will act as 'eco-engineers' and improve biodiversity at the nature reserve.

They'll do this by felling trees, which creates light and space and results in deadwood, which provides food and shelter for various animals.

The scheme, which is led by the Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT), has brought the matriarch of the herd and two more females from Scotland, to their new home, with a bull joining them later.

After they were released, Paul Whitfield, director general of the Wildwood Trust: "I'm actually really emotional at the moment.

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"It's just amazing, I mean, three years of work to this point, building this up, and to see the gates open, they came out, they were relaxed, had a snack, and then they've gone into the woods to do their thing, to be out there as ecological, ecosystem engineers. It's an amazing day.

"I can hear them cracking through the woods as we speak – it's brilliant."

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