One of the beautiful things about San Diego is that we are not Los Angeles (sorry La-La-Landers!). And as long as Camp Pendleton provides a buffer zone between the two cities, it is highly unlikely that San Diego will be Los Angelesized anytime soon. But for goodness sake and Heavens to Betsy, who knew that here in San Diego County, one could actually buy a home not too far from where the buffalo are still roaming!
According to an article in this past Sunday's San Diego Union-Tribune, right there in the northeast corner of the 125,000-acre military base is a herd of about 150 bison ("buffalo" to commoners like you and me).
It seems that in the early 1970s, the San Diego Zoo gave 14 bison to Camp Pendleton because the Zoo didn't have room for them. The Camp Pendleton herd is one of the few free-roaming herds in the nation and, according to the article, quite possibly one of the most genetically pure due to the isolation of the military base. Yellowstone and Wind Cave National Parks have other genetically pure herds.
Interested readers can read the full story at http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080907-9999-1n7bison.html
Facts about buffalo
- Live 20-25 years
- Buffalo "hair" can be up to 16 inches long
- Adult buffalo weigh 1,100 to 2,000 pounds
- Adults can run as fast as 30 mph
- Sales of buffalo meat totaled $286 million in 2007.