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Bison (Bison bison) and calf, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming May 2016. A Bison calf stays close to it's mother as they survey the landscape for danger. A female bison guards her tiny bison calf or "Red Dog" ; each new generation of bison represents the future of a nearly threatened species. Only 15,000 bison of the millions that live in North America are considered wild. Although 5000 bison live and roam freely in Yellowstone National Park, the herd is considered conservatory because bison survival depends on human intervention. Bison herds once shaped the North American prairie ecosystem and although they contribute greatly to the health of Yellowstone, bison are considered ecologically extinct. Canon 5D III, 500 mm f/4 IS + 1.4 x, ISO 800, 1/125 second @ f/5.6, image size 5760 x 3840 pixels.
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