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Press Photo by Sarah Monke A group of American bison move through the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Monday.

Buffalo nation: North Dakota senators want American bison to be national mammal

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GRAND FORKS — The bald eagle could be joined by the bison as the United States’ national animals, if a group of senators, including those from the Dakotas, have their way.

“I can think of no more noble an animal to name as the official mammal of the United States,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a news release Wednesday announcing that he and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., had introduced a bill to make that happen.

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