i get a daily news summary from the Boston Globe and several other newspapers.

This arrived this morning:

In the late 1700s, there were more than 60 million bison roaming North America, but because of commercial hunting and slaughter, there were just 541 animals left 100 years later. Thanks to preservation and rescue efforts, there are about 31,000 in existence today, in national parks and on reserves. The bison is the national mammal of the US. Another fun fact to know and tell.”

First I was horrified. Then I wondered who conducted the buffalo count in the late 1700s. Inquiring minds want to know.