Bison-human conflicts on rise in Yellowstone

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Two more encounters this summer between bison and humans in Yellowstone National Park (bringing the total to four incidents) have led to injuries and prompted additional warnings by the National Park Service.

The vast majority of park visitors observe wildlife without incident. Stay in that majority by heeding this advice from the NPS: “Visitors should remember that while many of the bison and elk in the park may appear tame, they are wild animals and should never be approached. Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous.

Park regulations require visitors stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If a visitor comes upon a bison or elk along a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in developed areas, visitors must give the animal at least 25 yards by either safely going around the animal or turning around, altering their plans, and not approaching the animal.”

Photo courtesy of the NPS.