Behaviour and Social Organization of the Wild Bison of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada

  • W.A. Fuller
Keywords: Animal anatomy, Animal behaviour, Animal migration, Animal nervous systems, Animal vocalizations, Movement, North American bison, Wolves, Great Slave Lake region, N.W.T.


Reports observations made incidentally to a biological study of the herd in this preserve south of Great Slave Lake during 1950-1956. Senses, locomotion (including swimming), vocalization, as well as anatomical peculiarities influencing behavior are dealt with. Care-giving (grooming, nursing), agonistic and sexual behaviors are outlined. Social organization is illustrated by accounts of herd composition, intermingling of herds, interspecific relations (wolves), and reactions to man.