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  1. The Colorado “Buffaloes” clearly refer to American Bison (like the animals on Catalina). It’s okay to use the word “buffalo”.

    Wikipedia ( has this to say:

    “The term ‘buffalo’ is sometimes considered to be a misnomer for this animal, as it is only distantly related to either of the two ‘true buffalo’, the Asian water buffalo and the African buffalo. However, ‘bison’ is a Greek word meaning ox-like animal, while ‘buffalo’ originated with the French fur trappers who called these massive beasts bœufs, meaning ox or bullock—so both names, ‘bison’ and ‘buffalo’, have a similar meaning. Though ‘bison’ might be considered more scientifically correct, as a result of standard usage, ‘buffalo’ is also considered correct and is listed in many dictionaries as an acceptable name for American buffalo or bison. In reference to this animal, the term ‘buffalo’ dates to 1635 in North American usage when the term was first recorded for the American mammal. It thus has a much longer history than ‘bison’, which was first recorded in 1774.”

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