Bison vs Buffalo fight comparison – who will win?

The Bison and the buffalo. The two names seem to refer to the same animal but these are two different animals. A surprise? Bison and buffaloes actually are two different animals though closely related. Here you can know comparison, difference and similarity between Bison vs Buffalo.

The bison is mostly found in North America. They are well adapted to the cold climatic conditions by having a shaggy, hairy coat which they shed in the summer season. Being the largest mammal in North America the bison has a gigantic structure with a hump on its neck region. Compared to the buffalo you will note the bison is slightly bigger than the buffalo. The bison has small horns which are quite sharp and can be used for self-defense, to gore other animals when threatened.

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On the other hand, a buffalo is has a massive frame but has no hump. Its size is also quite impressive. The buffalo can weigh up to 850 kg (1870 lb.) and 990 kg (2000 lb.) for the Cape buffalo.     Buffaloes are of two types, the cape buffalo, and the water buffalo. The Cape buffalo is located in the African savanna while the water buffalo is mostly found in Asian countries.

The Cape and Water buffalo differ mainly in the size and behavior. We have all heard how aggressive and hot-tempered buffaloes are. The fact is it’s only the African buffalo which is hot-tempered and aggressive. Actually, the water buffalo has a very mild character and is actually domesticated in some parts of Asia.

Let’s take a quick comparison of the characters of the two animals.

Bison have humps while the buffalo doesn’t. The hump which is located in the shoulder region helps the bison’s head to function as a plow to sweep away snow drifts in the winter time.

The horns too are different for the two animals. The bison has small sharp horns while the buffalo has long horns though not as sharp as in the bison.

Bison have a shaggy-hairy coat which helps them during the cold season to stay warm. Buffaloes have a smooth glossy coat with less hair than the bison, mostly due to the fact that the buffaloes are located in warmer areas than the bison.

The American bison is 12.5feet that is from head to its rump and weighs about 2,200 pounds. The Cape buffalo is 11 feet and weighs about 2000 pounds. The water buffalo can go up to 9 feet and weighs can weigh as much as 2650 pounds. This makes the water buffalo the largest.

Now let’s come to the big question. Between the bison and the buffalo who can win in the event of a fight.

Due to the differences in the character of the water and the Cape buffalo, you wouldn’t expect the water buffalo to get involved in a serious fight. They are actually domesticated and this proves them very calm compared to their cousin who is famous for his short temper and aggressiveness. The cape buffalo is one of the most feared animals by hunters. And due to its unpredictable nature, the cape buffalo has remained to be very dangerous to other animals and the human beings as well.

Naturally, the buffalo has many predators and this makes the buffalo defend its self from its predators which include the lion and the crocodiles. In a fight with a bison, the buffalo will most likely win the fight due to its aggressive and unpredictable behavior, while on another hand, Bison is more muscular, stalky and stronger bone structure. Though, it can be a very tough one because the bison and the buffalo are almost the same size and have the same characters.

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6 Replies to “Bison vs Buffalo fight comparison – who will win?”

  1. Animalscomparison team,

    I have gone with your post on Buffalo vs Bison, it is good read.
    By the way, I have few questions, I think it is worthy to read them.
    I know that Bison are getting extinct, people are hunting them. Can we regrow more American Bison Buffalo?

    People often resemble Yak, Buffalo, Bull and Bison. Can you tell me specified difference and comparison between Yak vs Bison.

    You are doing a good job with this website, Keeping doing the good work.
    3. I just want to clear difference between Yak vs Bison Buffalo?

    1. Amy,

      These species are interbreeding. Thus, Bull, Buffalo, yak and bison are almost same. Some Centers are working for their upliftment.

      I will write a detailed post on Yak vs Bison vs Buffalo vs Bull difference and comparison. Yak is new breed come from Bison and Buffalo.

  2. American bisons are going extinct. What American Government is doing about it. How American buffalos are kept safe from getting extinct.

    I guess, only 300 bisons are preserve only at plains area. Any opinion on same.

    1. Tony John,

      Out of 6 species, 5 species of bisons are extinct, Only American Bisons are remaining.

      Some of the centers working for Ameircan bisons and other animals.

      Yellowstone National Park- it has around 3500 animals.
      Henry’s Mountains
      Book Cliffs- it has around 500 animals

  3. I knew that Bisons are very aggressive in nature. I have a doubt, Can we domesticate American Bison? Buffaloes can be domesticated but what about Bisons?

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