Yellowstone Kills Baby Bison After It’s Touched By Park Visitor

Yellowstone killed a baby bison after it was touched by a visitor.
Credit: Hellen Jack/National Park Service & Alamy

Yellowstone killed a baby bison after it was touched by a visitor.

Yellowstone National Park, located in Wyoming, US, is a renowned national park known for its stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife.

Spanning over two million acres, the park is home to numerous animal species, including bison, elk, wolves and bears.

Sadly, the park had to kill one of its baby bison after a visitor intentionally touched it.

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The baby bison had become separated from its mother and efforts to reunite it with the herd were unsuccessful.

The park explained that the calf had to be euthanised as it was abandoned by the herd and began approaching cars and people, creating a hazardous situation.

The incident occurred in the park’s northeast corner, and Yellowstone law enforcement officers are seeking information from the public regarding the matter.

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The park said (via BBC): “An unidentified white male in his 40-50’s, wearing a blue shirt and black pants, approached a newborn bison calf in Lamar Valley near the confluence of the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek.

“The calf had been separated from its mother when the herd crossed the Lamar River.

“As the calf struggled, the man pushed the calf up from the river and onto the roadway. Visitors later observed the calf walk up to and follow cars and people.

“Interfering with wildlife can lead to them being rejected by their parents. Interference by people can cause wildlife to reject their offspring.

“In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the calf with the herd. These efforts failed.”

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A Yellowstone bison was killed after being touched by a park visitor. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Yellowstone National Park strictly prohibits interference with wildlife and enforces regulations mandating a minimum distance of 25 yards (23 meters) from all wildlife, including bison, elk, and deer, and a minimum of 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves.

Violations of these rules can lead to fines, injuries, and even fatalities.

The park emphasises that the safety of both animals and humans relies on individuals exercising good judgment and adhering to these guidelines.

Interfering with wildlife can disrupt natural behaviours and cause parents to reject their offspring, as was observed in this case.

Despite the park rangers’ repeated attempts to reunite the calf with the herd, their efforts were unsuccessful.

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Then, the decision was made to euthanise the calf due to its abandonment by the herd and its proximity to vehicles and people, which posed a danger to all involved.

Yellowstone National Park is conducting an investigation into the incident and encourages anyone with information to contact their tip line or email them directly.

The park said: “Disregarding these regulations can result in fines, injury and even death.

“The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules.”

If you have any information about the incident, contact Yellowstone National Park tip line at 307-344-2132 or [email protected].

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.