Have people been watching so many Disney cartoons that they don’t realize wild animals can be dangerous and unpredictable? Or are they so cocooned by city life that basic animal knowledge is all but forgotten?
Almost exactly a month ago, we shared a story about a park visitor who wandered too close to the bison in Yellowstone. Not surprisingly, she was gored and thrown through the air. She survived her injuries, but like so many other stupid decisions, she survived with her life and a story to tell. YELLOWSTONE: Female Visitor Gets Close To A Bison — That Was A BAD Idea
Now, we’re telling another very similar story.
On Monday, a 34-year-old Colorado man, whose name has not been released, was gored by a bison near Yellowstone’s most recognizable attraction, Old Faithful, according to a release from the National Park Service (NPS).
Dennis Jorgensen, the bison program manager in the Northern Great Plains for the World Wildlife Fund, told Newsweek people should remain at least a football fields-distance away from wild bison given their immense size and propensity to move at high speeds.
“Bison are the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. They can weigh more than 2,000 pounds and can run as fast as 35 miles per hour. Despite their large size, they are extremely agile so it is suggested that you stay at least 100 yards from bison in a natural setting,” he said in a response to Newsweek. –Newsweek
That sounds pretty bad.
It’s actually much worse than it sounds because what happened was entirely preventable.
He was walking the boardwalk near Yellowstone when the bull bison first charged him. But it relented.
That would have been a great time to make space between himself and the angry animal. But we already know how this story played out, don’t we?
Instead of putting a safe distance between himself and the bison after it charged, the man — and his family — stuck around. Because of that decision, he got hurt.
Risking his own skin was dumb enough. Putting his family in harm’s way? Even more so.
He should be grateful it was his dumb ass that got the horns and not his family paying the price for his lack of judgment.
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