American Bison

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Jim Derr is a genetics professor at Texas A&M University who has studied American bison for many years. Here he talks about the various causes that contributed to the near-extinction of the buffalo during the late 19th century. Those factors certainly included the usually cited reason - massive hunting. However, Derr also points to exotic and lethal diseases introduced with cattle, along with mobility and habitat loss from barbed wire fencing strung up to hold cattle.

Date RecordedFebruary 17, 2023
InterviewerDavid Todd
IntervieweeJim Derr
LocationCollege Station, Texas
Time Code00:16:58