As the state’s official animal, there are few images more representative of Kansas than the bison or buffalo.
If you look closely at the Kansas state flag, you can even spot Native American hunters in pursuit of a herd of buffalo, which speaks to the fact that not only are buffalo connected to the history of white settlements in Kansas in the mid 1800s, but to an indigenous history and prehistory stretching back for millenia.
Buffalo once numbered in the millions across prairie grasslands regions, but during the second half of the nineteenth century, they were nearly hunted to extinction.
Stay connected to the stories and events that make your community a special place to call home.
Subscriptions start at $14.90/month.View subscription options
- Unmatched coverage of Allen County’s local news and sports, a tradition dating back to 1867
- Compelling portraits of our residents, experienced reporting and thoughtful analysis
- Unlimited online access to iolaregister.com and our archives