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These Custer State Park buffalo were rounded up for the annual auction. U.S. Senators are pushing to have the bison declared the national mammal. (AP file photo)

Senators want bison declared national mammal

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By Dirk Lammers

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

South Dakota's Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson said the goal is to recognize its cultural, ecological and economic impact.

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