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YNP Bison Calf Picked Up by Tourists Ends Up Euthanized

YNP Bison Calf Picked Up by Tourists Ends Up Euthanized

5/16/2016 10:20:00 AM/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, Ag Issues, Wildlife, Bison



In recent weeks, visitors in the park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous, and illegal behavior with wildlife. These actions endanger people and have now resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf.


Last week in Yellowstone National Park, visitors were cited for placing a newborn bison calf in their vehicle and transporting it to a park facility because of their misplaced concern for the animal's welfare.  In terms of human safety, this was a dangerous activity because adult animals are very protective of their young and will act aggressively to defend them. In addition, interference by people can cause mothers to reject their offspring. In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.


In a recent viral video, a visitor approached within an arm's length of an adult bison in the Old Faithful area. Another video featured visitors posing for pictures with bison at extremely unsafe and illegal distances.  Last year, five visitors were seriously injured when they approached bison too closely. Bison injure more visitors to Yellowstone than any other animal.


Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival. Park regulations require that you stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all wildlife (including bison, elk and deer) and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves.  Disregarding these regulations can result in fines, injury, and even death. The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules. 


For more information about safety in Yellowstone, visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/safety.htm

 

 

Source:  National Park Service 

 

 

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4 comments on article "YNP Bison Calf Picked Up by Tourists Ends Up Euthanized"

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sarah JEnkins

5/16/2016 1:56 PM

Why was it euthanized instead of taken to a wildlife recovery?


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Dave Reinhardt

5/16/2016 2:12 PM

Maybe The Montana Supreme Court can come up with another ruling concerning this issue to go against Montana voter as well!


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Harry buffola

5/16/2016 3:41 PM

Any cowboy worth his salt would have bottle raised the calf. It makes for better headline to put the calf down hey I guess the wolves need to eat too.


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Martha

5/16/2016 5:19 PM

There has to be a better way than to kill the cal

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