Winter Photos & Facts

As the Winter Solstice approaches and the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, most of us bundle up and prepare for the elements.

The buffalo have bundled up too, in their natural, woolly, winter coats. 

Their thick layers of fur allow them to withstand temperatures of minus forty degrees below zero.

When the snow is heavy, they use their big heads, supported by the muscles in their hump to push through the the snow and forge for food if necessary. 

Wild Idea’s buffalo roam over large prairie landscapes 365 days a year, much like they did hundreds of years ago.

This is not true of all bison companies.

The majority (90%) of the bison raised in this country and in Canada for food, are raised in the cattle feedlot model. 


Not us. 

Bison are the largest native herbivore on the American Great Plains. They evolved not only to survive on the always-changing prairie landscape, but to thrive.

Bison can run up to forty miles per hour, jump up to six feet vertically, pivot quickly on their tiny hooves, and are also strong swimmers.
We think allowing the buffalo to be buffalo is critical in their health, our environments health and our health. And, we thank you for caring about those issues too. 
Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Solstice! jill
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  • So, so beautiful.

    Lucy Houser
  • I especially like the photo where the herd appears to be walking on air. Imagine when 60 million of these magnificent creatures roamed the plains. Thanks for this.

    Bob Hiatt
  • Thank you Jill for the wonderful pictures. Have a very Merry Christmas and the best year ever.

    Jim Wolfe
  • Thank you for the business model you use to raise buffalo. Their wild life makes for great food and great earth health, just like the plains always did before settlement. Your wild idea is a bright light in contrast to the usual rape, ruin and run of many enterprises that operate in our mountains, forests and plains.
    May the New Year bring even greater success and notice that doing business doesn’t have to mean doing damage.

    Susan Woods
  • Thanks Jill and to all of the Family a very, very Merry Christmas followed up with a most Blessed 2019.

  • I have always believed that the people of this land and all other land on earth have a moral obligation to make sure wildlife has all of the land and freedom they need to survive and prosper along with all of us! Without the earths wildlife we would all be bored to death, and surely Parrish !

    Kenneth Wayne Wright
  • Seeing this I feel even better about choosing your products ! :)

    Susan Bowen
  • These are great shots, no idea what cattle feedlot mode is my guess not a good place for Bison.

    Nancy L Chapman
  • Thank you, Jill, and Happy Holler-Days

  • As always your photos are stunning in every respect, thanks. And we are really enjoying the Bison tallow soap bars—have your written about this already here? If not, how about something about tallow and soap historically? I very much like that is another step direction in using as much of the Bison as possible, and away from anymore chemical substitutes than necessary. All the best to you folks for the holidays and new year!

    Harry Greene
  • As a lifelong spinner and weaver, I have had the pleasure of working with fine buffalo fibers. As I’m sure you know, they are a dual coated animal with an outer hair coat and a fine undercoat that keeps them warm in the winter and is shed in the spring. Does WildIdeaBuffalo harvest the fine fibers in any way?

    Diane Mercier
  • Terrific, altogether first-rate photos and information, for which thank you. Our dinner guests this Friday insist on calling bison buffalo, pronghorns antelope, and fishers fisher cats. Oh dear, Our best to Jill and Dan for a warm and wonderful Christmas, Rob

    Rob Oden
  • Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. God bless with grace and peace.

    Bob Watland
  • Thank you for your revolutionary and holistic work! Wild Idea inspires me to make a more positive impact on this beautiful world.

    Hillary West
  • In your last photo, the buffalo draws icy water up from the edge of the stream or river. Ahhh. I can FEEL the cold on my teeth and the ice cream headache that I would so quickly get if it were me standing there. The snow on their backs proves just how insulated these animals are, and I’m moved by the detail and feeling in this image. Thanks, Jill! I’ll order some bison soon!

    Beth Waterhouse

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