Bison and tires figure together in a University of Arizona research project. The university’s press release says:
Based on the tire model, UA doctoral student Matt Pailes, a member of the team, estimated that running bison could have been airborne for a couple of seconds and landed as far as 10 meters from the cliff edge.
“It was a great idea because tires and bison are heavy enough that they behave alike when they fall,” said Jesse Ballenger of Statistical Research, Inc. and the project’s co-director.” [The photo here is by Maria Nieves Zedeño, supplied by the university.]
BONUS: Video of a tired bison running after a tired truck:The YouTube ID of 08gr9SRvhmU&NR is invalid.