Immense herds of buffalo

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September 17, 1804
Having for many days past confined myself to the boat, I determined to devote this day to amuse myself on shore with my gun… accordingly, before sunrise I set out with six of my best hunters… This plain… is entirely occupied by the burrows of the barking squirrel heretofore described.

This scenery already rich pleasing and beautiful was still farther heightened by immense herds of buffalo, deer, elk and antelopes which we saw in every direction feeding on the hills and plains. I do not think I exaggerate when I estimate the number of buffalo which could be comprehended at one view to amount to 3000.
--Meriwether Lewis.


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