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Wallowing is a common behavior of bison. A bison wallow is a
shallow depression in the soil, either wet or dry. Bison roll in
these depressions, covering themselves with mud or dust.
Possible explanations suggested for wallowing behavior
include grooming behavior associated with molting, male-male
interaction (typically rutting behavior), social behavior for
group cohesion, play behavior, relief from skin irritation due
 to biting insects, reduction of ectoparasite load (ticks and lice),
 and thermoregulation.

In the process of wallowing, bison may become infected by the
fatal disease anthrax, which may occur naturally in the soil.
The bison's temperament is often unpredictable. They usually
appear peaceful, unconcerned, even lazy, yet they may attack
anything, often without warning or apparent reason. They can
move at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 km/h) and cover long
distances at a lumbering gallop.

Their most obvious weapons are the horns born by both males
and females, but their massive heads can be used as battering
 rams, effectively using the momentum produced by 2,000
pounds (900 kg) moving at 30 mph (50 km/h). The hind legs
can also be used to kill or maim with devastating effect. At
the time bison ran wild, they were rated second only to the
Alaska brown bear as a potential killer, more dangerous than
the grizzly bear. In the words of early naturalists, they were a
dangerous, savage animal that feared no other animal and in
prime condition could best any foe(except for wolves and
brown bears).

The rutting, or mating, season lasts from June through
September, with peak activity in July and August. At this
time, the older bulls rejoin the herd, and fights often take
place between bulls. The herd exhibits much restlessness
during breeding season. The animals are belligerent,
unpredictable and most dangerous.


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