Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success Historical

Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success Historical (HM1UL8)

Location: Beulah, WY 82712 Crook County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 32.148', W 104° 9.42'

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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.
HM NumberHM1UL8
Placed ByVore Buffalo Jump Foundation
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Date Added Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 566975 N 4931731
Decimal Degrees44.53580000, -104.15700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 32.148', W 104° 9.42'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 32' 8.88" N, 104° 9' 25.2" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-90, Beulah WY 82712, US
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