100 years ago in 1913, only big government saved the bison from extinction.
With fewer than 100 bison left in America, some 14 bison were donated to the government. The government brought the species back. Here's the story, sent to me by NineShifter and history professor Timothy Draves. The turning-point for the bison led to other conservation efforts.
Today, similar turning-point moves are being made to save the environment for the new century. Thank you Big Government.