President Barack Obama signs legislation making the bison the official mammal of the United States. Paul Chapman reports.
The United States already has a national bird...now say a big hello to its new national mammal. President Barack Obama has signed a new law officially designating the role to the bison. The American bison was hunted almost to extinction in the late 1800s. Its numbers dwindled from millions roaming the Great Plains to just a few hundred. The U.S. Department of the Interior says today bison live in all 50 states, in areas including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks and on private land. The National Bison Legacy Act signed by Obama on Monday underscores the large woolly creature's cultural and economic significance.