January 22, 2018

Beware of Bison in Yellowstone National Park

The stories we mainly hear about from Yellowstone National Park are the ones that involve people being “attacked” by bears.

The following fact is taken from Yellowstone’s website:

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone.

Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.

While bears (both grizzly and black) are animals that you should steer clear of, bison are very large animals who don’t like it when you get in their way.  It seems like I see photos all the time shared on Facebook where people are standing within just a few feet of a bison.  Not a good idea.

Here is a great video to watch as a reminder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNvTHOrTf_Y

You should give animals their space anyway, so as to maintain their natural habitat, and avoid interactions with humans.  However, this is a national park, and there will be some interaction.

I have thought several times driving through Yellowstone National Park that a bison might just damage my car.  You get stuck on the road when they are crossing, with nowhere to go, and sometimes they walk straight at you…. but alas, they have always turned away from my vehicle.  🙂

The rule says 25 yards.  I would stay farther away.  Just be careful — especially if you have young children.  The force of a bison (or bear!) will surprise you.

Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex Neill

Montana Vacation Blog



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