Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Get Close to Bison at Yellowstone

Bison at Yellowstone

Bison at Yellowstone

Don’t Get Close to Bison at Yellowstone
I just returned from an epic roadtrip from Bozeman, Montana to Jackson, Wyoming in Ford’s new Explorer Platinum—which took me, for the first time, to Yellowstone National Park.

Bison in the road at Yellowstone

Bison in the road at Yellowstone

I can’t believe I waited this long to go, as Yellowstone was absolutely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. One of the reasons was that I saw a lot of wild animals up close, including a bison just walking down the middle of one of the park’s main roads (see photo above).

Up close, the bison look harmless but according to a park official quoted in this Chicago Tribune story, “bison and elk attack a couple of people in the park every year and are responsible for more injuries” than bears and wolves.

Bison may not look like it, but they can weigh as much as a small car and run three times faster than a human can. While cruising through the park I almost spit my peanuts out when I saw these tourists in the photo at the top trying to get close to a wild bison. They obviously didn’t read any of the signs or warnings scattered throughout the park. Just Google “bison attacks in Yellowstone” and see how many entries come up. There were at least a few this summer.

Point of the tip: Don’t take a chance. Park officials recommend that visitors get no closer than 25 yards to a bison. And as seen above, they’re still incredible from that distance!

 

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1 Comment on "Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Get Close to Bison at Yellowstone"

  1. Agreed! I just remember seeing something on the news a few months ago when these two were at Yellowstone trying to take a “selfie” with the bison. Not a good idea, they chased them away and luckily nobody was injured!

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