To Save the Wild Bison
Mary Ann Franke
309 pages, hardcover: $29.95
University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.
Mary Ann Franke traces the controversial history of Yellowstone National Park’s bison, the only wild bison herd that’s persisted since pre-Columbus days. Praised as a potent restorer of biodiversity, the animals have also been persecuted as transmitters of disease; dozens of bison that wander outside the park are killed each year. Franke critiques modern management techniques, which treat the animals like so many Herefords and ignore the ancient relationship between American Indians and bison.