Wild Kingdom

Aug 24, 2012 1:52 PM by Ben Trotter (Bozeman)

Bison encounter a reminder of Yellowstone dangers

A young boy was charged by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park recently, and the incident was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube, and has now been seen by thousands of people.

Experts say that it was a close call and remind people of the dangers posed by wild animals.

Now, with fall around the corner, and bison moving into roadside feeding areas in the park, YNP spokesman Al Nash reminds people of the dangers that exist in the park.

Nash said, "This is a wild place, and these are wild animals. They are bigger than you, and the only person who can look out for your safety is you."

According to Nash, the closest safe distance to bison or elk is 25 yards, or the length of two school buses end to end.

For bears and wolves, a whole football field of space is required.

Andrea Jones, spokeswoman for Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, says warning signs of agitated bison include stomping, snorting, shaking head side to side, and tail straight up, or curled like a 'question mark' above their back.

She says to always back away, avoid running if possible, and keep calm if a bison charges.

Here is the complete YouTube video:


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