Bison “Vote” on the Direction They’d Like the Herd to Move
Every few years Americans in major cities elect a mayor. The process is relatively straightforward: we vote, and the candidate who carries the majority wins. The same goes for certain bovines. Ecologist Amandine Ramos of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) spent three months observing a bison herd at the Monts-d’Azur Biological Reserve, about 20 miles from Nice. It turns out that European bison operate by majority rule.