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Obama signs legislation designating bison as national mammal

Obama signs legislation designating bison as national mammal

The bison has become the official national mammal of the United States under legislation signed into law by President Obama on Monday.

Lawmakers spearheading the effort say the once nearly extinct icon deserves the elevated stature because of its economic and cultural significance in the nation's history.

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Millions of bison once roamed the Great Plains. About 500,000 now live in the U.S. but most of those have been cross-bred with cattle, and are semi-domesticated. About 30,000 wild bison roam the...

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