It is because of attitudes such as Hornaday's, born, perhaps, out of sincere admiration and affection for the noble beast, that each year a few well-intentioned visitors to Yellowstone National Park suffer injuries, and occasionally death, from close encounters of the bison kind.
In their fascinating and enlightening book, When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy convey a more empathetic view of animal existence. They admit, for example, that humans would probably find diets as monotonous as those of most herbivores exceedingly boring.
"But maybe buffalo have a higher tolerance for monotony. Maybe each blade of grass seems vastly different from the blade before. Perhaps their life is a rich tapestry of excitement and intrigue, but at a sensory level too far removed from ours to be apparent."2