Reports of people getting too close to bison at Yellowstone Park are standard. But does it seem to you like there may been more than usual this year? Or maybe that the tourists have been more careless than usual? Because it sure seems that way to us.
Another week, another video of people getting too close to bison. While this isn't quite as offensive as last week's video just by virtue of those involved not being on motorcycles offroad, it's still a shining example of the kind of reckless behavior that puts both bison and people at risk.
The video, shot in Lamar Valley, shows two groups of hikers (or the group on the right may be fly-fisherman; it's unclear from the video) walking too close to bison. The bison get agitated and cross the water, passing within yards of the hikers.
The Park advises that all guests stay at least 25 yards away from all wild animals, and 100 yards or better away from grizzlies and wolves. These park-goers are clearly closer than 25 feet to the bison, which can weigh more than a ton and will think nothing whatsoever about goring an irritating human interloper.
Watch the video below, and if you've ever had the urge to do something this dumb, please reconsider the decisions that have brought you to this juncture.