Return of the Bison: A Story of Survival, Restoration, and a Wilder World


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Mountaineers Books
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6.0 X 7.95 X 0.75 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Roger Di Silvestro is a former writer and editor for Defenders of Wildlife, the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and other organizations, as well as a former communications director for the National Parks Conservation Association. He is the author of ten books, most recently Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West and In the Shadow of Wounded Knee: The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars. He lives in Virginia. Visit him online at


With fervor and meticulous research--and with implications for the future of megafauna around the world--Roger L. Di Silvestro recounts the complex and difficult ongoing struggle for bison recovery.-- "Shelf Awareness"
In this informative history, nature journalist Di Silvestro chronicles efforts to protect bison in the American West from the 1880s to the present.-- "Publishers Weekly"
A cautiously optimistic tale of recovery for historians and a call to action for nature lovers.--Wade Lee-Smith "Library Journal"
Nature author Di Silvestro delivers a status report on the bison, or buffalo that is both obscenely tragic and flecked with optimism...All in all, an excellent account.--Alan Moores "Booklist"
An excellent biography of America's most iconic mammal, this narrative offers a sophisticated blend of zoology, Great Plains studies, Native American lore, conservation policy, and restoration strategies. Highly recommended!--Douglas Brinkley, author of Silent Spring Revolution
Why is a biologically robust species with a half million individuals considered ecologically extinct? Di Silvestro explains this complex and often puzzling story, as well as heroic efforts of ranchers, politicians, conservationists, and Indigenous Americans to restore bison to their native habitat.--Rick Wallen, former leader of the Yellowstone Bison Ecology and Management Team