When it comes to Bison at Yellowstone, Don’t be Stupid!

When it comes to Bison at Yellowstone, Don’t be Stupid!

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There’s nothing like the sight of one of Yellowstone National Park’s magnificent bison to slow traffic.

These shaggy giants seem oblivious to the traffic. They cross the road where they want. They go where they want. The National Park service says humans need to stay far away from bison. But they don’t. People, in quest of a photo, get very stupid.

As you can see on my video, people are stupid. Every year, someone gets hurt. Sometimes very badly. Bison can kill.

For these animals will charge. They usually warn you that they’re perturbed by stomping their feet or nodding their heads. But stupid people don’t seem to care.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get good photos. Just keep your distance. That also goes when you are in your vehicle. Many a Yellowstone vehicle has had “bison bumps,” dents and scratches from bison who decide to try and move the steel contraptions out of their way.

Yellowstone’s bison are awesome creatures. But remember, they outweigh you 10 to one and if you get too close to them, they don’t take kindly to it.


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  • Jerry Larkin

    I’ve seen this myself. Ive seen fathers pushing their children to get closer and closer. You’re right, Mike. They are stupid people. What’s even sadder is the bison is destroyed after charging someone. Same with grizzlies lured into campground by campers who disregard the signs and leave food out. So sad. So many people are so irresponsible.

  • Ned

    That is really nice video you captured, Mike. You did it right – at a distance. It’s appalling to see hoe irresponsible some people are. You did right in exposing this.