According to public relations professional Connor Baldwin, the Bison is a native animal of British Columbia that he loves to photograph. This stately beast, a member of the bovine family, is sometimes referred to as a buffalo. There are two versions of bison that are native to the region, the Plains Bison and the Wood Bison. Both species can reach an astounding seven hundred twenty-five kilograms, and they live for as many as forty years. Even though the bison is quite large, it can move very fast. Scientists and wildlife experts have clocked the bison moving at speeds up to fifty-five kilometers per hour.
Though they are a member of the bovine family, the bison does not bear too much resemblance to the cow or steer. These graceful creatures are covered in shaggy brown fur, with an abundance of the coat crowning the head and shoulders similar to a lion’s mane. The bison has shorter legs than many bovines, but their large humped back makes up for the height loss. Petite black horns adorn their faces, near the eyes, and are used solely for defense. Their eyesight is somewhat poor, through their sense of smell and hearing rivals many other animals. The female bison, referred to as a bison cow, has a smaller neck that is more cylindrical. The male bison, or bison bull, has a large blocky neck and overall more size than the female.
Connor Baldwin says that photographing the bison is not difficult if you know where and when to look for them. As they eat grasses as their primary diet, any areas with an abundance of grass are a great place to start. Fortunately, the bison does not have any trouble finding food, even in the harshest winter months. They have the ability and strength to sweep their heads back and forth over the snow, much like a broom, to find the grass that is hidden below.