Bison could become national mammal of the U.S.

Posted at 5:31 AM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 06:19:40-04

After more than 200 years, the bald eagle might share its title as the symbolic animal of the United States.

The American bison is set to become the national mammal if an act is passed in the U.S. Senate next week.

Although this doesn’t bring any additional protections for the bison, it is said to be a "milestone in a long journey."

Bison became nearly extinct in the 1800s after hunting, slaughter and disease. An estimated 500,000 bison currently exist across the 50 states.

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