#16 | Posted by snoofy, Not the buffalo. We killed those off, to starve out the Indians. Partially true. The big motivation for clearing the plains was to make the area available for farming and ranching. You cant raise corn in Nebraska if about half a million bison move across your fields. You can't ranch if your herd is constantly infected with tic fever from the local wild life. In any case they have reintroduced the American Bison and they are doing well, about half a million in population last I checked. We actually use bison as livestock now, the meat is exceptionally lean. We have bred them with cattle, the hybrid is more muscular and heavier. The big problem with bison is they are wild animals. Basically you can get them to do what ever they decide to do. They require three times the fencing, the overhead is considerable along with the risk dealing with them. Remember a full grown bull can weigh more than a ton and stand more than seven feet tall.