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The Indians tell the Captains that there is a large buffalo herd nearby, and Lewis organizes a group of hunters. Before dark, they must haul the meat to Fort Mandan because any meat left behind will be eaten by the wolves.

From the journals...

saw the prairie covered with buffaloe and the Indians on horseback killing them. They killed 30 or 40 and we killed eleven of them. They shoot them with bows and arrows, and have their horses so trained that they will advance very near and suddenly wheel and fly off in case the wounded buffaloe attempt an attack.

Patrick Gass

Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes

Indians hunting amongst a buffalo herd in the deep snow

Painting by George Catlin circa 1832.