Are cattle native to North America?

Question:

Are cattle native to North America?

Cattle:

Cattle are domesticated bovines, being genetically domesticated by humans over 10,000 years ago. Historically, cattle have been an extremely important food source for humans, as well as an economic staple in many parts of the world.

Answer and Explanation:

Cattle are not native to North America, or anywhere in the Americas for that matter. Cattle were originally domesticated around Anatolia and the Levant millennia ago, and spread across Afro-Eurasia. However, they were unable to reach the Americas until being introduced by Europeans. The first cattle to set hoof in the Western Hemisphere arrived in 1493 with Christopher Columbus and Spanish colonists. The closest relative to cattle that is native to the Americas is the bison, which was hunted but never domesticated.


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