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In this photo taken April 24 on the Fort Peck Reservation near Polar Montana is a herd of bison. Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle with legislation to declare the burly animal America's "national mammal."

Bison, America's mammal: Lawmakers introduce bill to elevate burly beast to iconic status

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Western lawmakers want to elevate the Plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle with legislation to declare the burly beasts America's "national mammal."

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