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In 1880, when Russell first arrived in Montana, one observer estimated a herd of buffalo in the Judith Basin at 100,000 animals. The same observer, James Willard Schultz, also described a ritual particular to the mating season: "Now and then a herd in this mating season would come down off the plain in a swift run, plunge into the river, cross it, and wander up on the plain on the other side." Such is the scene Russell depicts here, one he was privileged to witness personally. But he barely made it. After the great hunts of 1881-82, the great herds...