Yellowstone National Park is a stunning place, with over 2.2 million acres of beautiful wilderness. However, it’s also home to various wild animals like elk, bears, and wolves. One tourist, unfortunately, had a bad encounter with a bison.
A picture on Instagram’s TouronsOfYellowstone account shows this person trapped under an angry bison’s head.
Comments from users were critical. One person said, “What an idiot. Got what he was asking for up close and personal.” Another commented, “Another moron! Can’t read and won’t follow the rules!”
According to the National Park Service, bison are responsible for more animal-related injuries in Yellowstone than any other animal. They advise staying at least 75 feet away from these creatures because they can run three times faster than humans.
If the tourist had read the park’s rules, they would have known that getting close to a bison is dangerous. Warning signs like the bison lowering their head, pawing, bellowing, or snorting indicate that they might charge. You can also tell their mood by looking at their tails.
If the tail is down, they’re calm; if it’s up, they might charge. Bison behavior is unpredictable, so keeping a safe distance is crucial.
The National Park Service recommends not standing your ground if a bison gets too close. Instead, walk or run away from the animal. If it follows you, you can use bear spray to deter it.
Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, with adult males weighing around 2,000 pounds. These creatures have lived in Yellowstone for a very long time, so it’s understandable that they’d want to protect themselves from unwanted attention.
Let’s hope this tourist learned their lesson and wasn’t seriously hurt during their risky encounter with the bison. Remember, when in Yellowstone, it’s vital to respect the park’s rules and the animals that call it home.