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更新时间:2017/7/13 10:42:42 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

Did you know bison live on a small island off the coast of California?

Bison are large mammals native to the United States. They are also known as buffalo.

People usually see bison in places like Yellowstone National Park, which covers parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

In 2016, the bison was named the official mammal of the United States.

But how did these large animals, known for living in the northern part of the United States, get to a small island southwest of Los Angeles?

Well, like many things related to Los Angeles, it had to do with Hollywood and the movie business.

Julie King is the director of conservation and wildlife management at the Catalina Island Conservancy. She said 14 bison arrived on the island in 1924.

The animals were supposed to be a part of a movie. They did not get into the movie and were left behind by the filmmakers.

The bison have now lived on the island for almost 100 years. At one time, there were about 600 of them. That is because they had no predators, such as large cats, wolves, bears and humans. Now, due to birth control and a conservation plan, there are only 120 on the island.

Did you know bison live on a small island off the coast of California?

Bison are large mammals native to the United States. They are also known as buffalo.

People usually see bison in places like Yellowstone National Park, which covers parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

In 2016, the bison was named the official mammal of the United States.

But how did these large animals, known for living in the northern part of the United States, get to a small island southwest of Los Angeles?

Well, like many things related to Los Angeles, it had to do with Hollywood and the movie business.

Julie King is the director of conservation and wildlife management at the Catalina Island Conservancy. She said 14 bison arrived on the island in 1924.

The animals were supposed to be a part of a movie. They did not get into the movie and were left behind by the filmmakers.

The bison have now lived on the island for almost 100 years. At one time, there were about 600 of them. That is because they had no predators, such as large cats, wolves, bears and humans. Now, due to birth control and a conservation plan, there are only 120 on the island.

Words in This Story

mammal – n. an animal with hair that feeds its young milk

conservation – n. the protection of plants, animals and natural resources

predator – n. an animal that hunts and eats other animals

herd – n. a group of large animals that live or are kept together such as cattle

nutrition – n. the right things to eat for good health

herbivore – n. an animal that only eats plant material

adapt - v. to change one's behavior

resilience - adj. of or related to the ability to recover from something

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