The Largest Mammal In North America Was Just Named A National Symbol
Over 230 years after the bald eagle became America's symbol, the U.S. finally has an official national mammal.By Katherine Biek | May 10, 2016
The American bison is now the country's national mammal, thanks to the National Bison Legacy Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Monday.
For years, conservationists have pushed for the federal government to recognize the animal.
Bison have existed since the prehistoric age, and scientists think at least 30 million were living in North America when European settlers came over in the early 1600s.