The Extermination of the American Bison
William Temple Hornaday
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The discovery of the American bison, as first made by Europeans, occurred in the menagerie of a heathen king. American mammals to be wantonly destroyed in the same manner. The wild buffalo is practically gone forever, and in a few more years, when the whitened bones of the last bleaching skeleton shall have been picked up and shipped East for commercial uses, nothing will remain of him save his old, well-worn trails along the water-courses, a few museum specimens, and regret for his fate.