Don't call this animal a cow or a buffalo! It's a bison, and the Panhandle is home to a famous state herd at Caprock Canyons State Park, near Turkey, Texas. The bison is much larger and stronger than a cow. Bison have thick, brown, shaggy fur. Sometimes the fur on its head covers its horns. It also has a shaggy "beard." It has a big hump over its muscular shoulders. Many years ago, Native Americans hunted bison. They did not waste any part of the bison and used it for food, clothing and shelter. Millions of bison once roamed most of the Great Plains. In the 1800s, the United States government paid people to kill off the bison as a way to force Native Americans off their lands and on to reservations. Not many bison remain today, but some people are trying to raise herds in the Panhandle.
For more fun, create a bison "herd" on a wall or bulletin board
with your bison pictures.