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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Welcome to Grand Canyon - Where the Buffalo Roam?


No, buffalo are not native to Grand Canyon.

However, in 1906 Jim Owens and Charles Jones tried to breed buffalo bulls with cattle to produce “cattalo.” It was not a successful enterprise and buffalo still roam in House Rock Valley northeast of the park. When it gets warm in the valley the buffalo cross the invisible border up into the park onto the cooler Kaibab Plateau.

I’d never seen them before but hear the visitors talking about them and asking questions. Fellow blogger FabGrandma sees them regularly when she works at the park’s entrance gate.

In fact when I left for town yesterday, about one mile before the gate I encountered a “buffalo jam” where traffic was stopped off and on the roadway.

So what’s going on here?

11 comments:

Karen said...

Nice photos! You got one of the new calves, I see. I am so afraid one of the visitors is going to get either trampled by these beasts or run over by a car someday.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! I like the way you captured the two mating in the last picture Gaelyn. :) I was thrilled to see my first buffalo when I went to the USA for the first time. I had read so much about them but it is only when you find yourself next to one that you ralize how big they really are.

Thanks for your wonderful input my friend. I left and answer for you.

Maria Berg said...

I have been to North Rim Grand Canyon - it is beautiful and you are lucky to live an work there.

I also worked as a volunteer as a Hut warden in national parks in New Zealand so I have little insight of what you do.
And me to love fleamaket.

Maria Berg, with the provocative church in Sweden

Jazz said...

Well, obviously buffalo prefer other buffalo to cows.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Oh I really loved the photos !! I have seen them lot many of times in net geo and got to know they are very powerful..Thanks for sharing..This is great..Also I Have Started My Own Website And Would Like You To Have A Look At It.I Would Love To Have Your Comments On That Also.Unseen Rajasthan

Arija said...

Beautiful shots and so nice to see them healthy in the wild and honoured for being thre.

Avril said...

Those are beautiful! Love the early morning sun in Grand Canyon.
Thanks for your comment on my blue skies at Lourensford Wine Estate - the winelands are a MUST if you are coming here. I live in Johannesburg and go down there as often as I can to see my ageing Mum and take every opportunity to visit a wine estate - not only are they beautiful with the most beautiful scenery, they also have wonderful wine tastings and most have restaurants for really good food. March is a good time to come too.

Quiet Paths said...

Nice photos; they could go on a calendar: the Bison of GC. Yellowstone of course is known for its overgrown herd of Bison. They really do cause major traffic jams.

Janie said...

Great procreation catch! I don't recall seeing a herd in that area, but Steve says he's seen them. I always worry about non-native species causing unexpected damage. Hope that isn't the case with the buffalo.
Nope, never tasted prickly pear flowers and didn't realize they're edible. Are they good?
Don't know if we can manage to meet up in central Utah, but if you're going somewhere we might have been, we'd be happy to share whatever knowledge we might have about any area.

Esther Garvi said...

Hi Gaelyn! Thanks for the nice comments while I was traveling! Buffaloes are impressive. One of the creatures I would like to see one day, so thanks for the post! Did the cattle-buffalo efforts to mix ever produce live offspring? It seems to me like trying to cross a llama with a camel... In any case, they're beautiful. Hearing they're not native to the Canyons, how have things worked out? They don't seem like an aggressive species that would take out the rest of the native fauna/flora, but I know it's always tricky when man introduces a new species.

dAwN said...

i didnt realize they were brought into the area.
Do you know if the white buffalo is still south of you in Arizona? i forget what town...

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