Pushing Buffalo to the Brink

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 2056
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.2056

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The Destruction of the Bison An Environmental History, 1750-1920. Andrew C. Isenberg. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2000. 218 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-521-77172-2.

Isenberg argues that the near extinction of the bison was not a simple matter of hunting for commercial profit but reflected complex interactions among Native and Euroamerican societies and the grassland environment of the Great Plains.