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The bald eagle may soon be forced to share the awesome responsibility of representing the Land of the Free with another classic American animal.
The bison could eventually become the national mammal of the United States, according to a report by NBC. Congress gave final approval, which will now put the bison on the same stature as the bald eagle.
Lawmakers called the bison — North America’s largest land animal — the embodiment of American strength and resilience and said it reflects the nation’s pioneer spirit.
“The bison has been an important part of our culture for many generations, especially in New Mexico, across the West and in Indian Country,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. “Recognition of our new national mammal will bring a new source of pride for Americans — just like the bald eagle” and bring greater attention to ongoing species recovery efforts, he said.
Bison could be elevated to a stature approaching that of the bald eagle https://t.co/KHKl4ChUEo
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) April 30, 2016
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