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Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana

Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope.

They weigh more too - around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice.

I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky exhale of their nostrils. The massive animals showed less interest in me than in the dewy grass around them, but they had surely seen me running, just a few hundred yards away, with nothing between us but the wild, uninterrupted prairie.

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