Although this is close to a year old it is an interesting article none the less. It refutes the popular notion that it was irresponsible hunting/shooting that destroyed the great buffalo herds in the American west. Although there certainly was some waste and irresponsible shooting those things did not and could not have had the impact suggested on the buffalo. I'm glad to see this scholarly article but unfortunately the lefty's are not likely to run across it and even if they did would still cling to the "Good Indian, Bad White man" version of events. I have had several tell me how bad the buffalo hunters were wasting meat and shooting just for the hides. When I informed that the hunters did not waste anything that they could sell and in fact often sold meat when they were close enough (couple of days ride) to a market. This was all documented in sales invoices that have been preserved in various archives. Also, the lefty's seem to be totally unaware of the indian practice of chasing buffalo over cliffs at so-called "Buffalo Jumps". Needless to say there was some real waste in this practice. Anyway, thought this article may interest some of you.