The Washington Post reports that a bill that will establish the bison as the United States' National Mammal passed the US House of Representatives Tuesday. The National Bison Legacy Act now makes it's way to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

Once a dominant fixture of the Great Plains with millions of bison roaming North America, the animal was nearly hunted to extinction by the late 19th century.

In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt led a coalition of ranchers, tribes, industrialists, sport hunters and conservationists in an effort to bring the bison back from the brink.

“It's a long-standing survivor. And that's something we can all value is resilience,” Keith Aune of the Wildlife Conservation Society told Montana Public Radio.

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