We heard some exciting news this week. The American Bison – you might call it the buffalo – is about to become our national mammal, joining the Bald Eagle as a symbol of the United States. Which we think is pretty cool, considering that the bison is also the symbol for The Lodge at Red River Ranch. And we have a herd of them in our front pasture.
The bison is quintessentially American, and has played an integral part in the history of the country, particularly in the Old West. And it’s come-back from the brink of extinction serves as an analogy of the American Spirit. So we can’t think of any better animal to serve as our national mammal.
We’ve written before about how, right here in Southern Utah, in the Henry Mountains, is the only truly wild herd of buffalo left in the country. Besides occasional hunting licenses issued to maintain the population of the herd, the government basically leaves them alone, unlike the other bisons herds. (The Yellowstone National Park herd, for example.) And we at the Lodge are proud to live so close to them.
Of course, the bison that we keep at Red River Ranch are all domestic, farmed animals. But when you look out the window in the morning, and see them running in the pasture, you’ll be transported back to the Old West.
So, in recognition of all the history that they represent, we at the Lodge are excited to welcome the bison as the next great American symbol.