Yellowstone tourist foolishly taunts bison, avoids serious injury

Yellowstone tourist foolishly taunts bison, avoids serious injury

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Yellowstone tourist foolishly taunts bison, avoids serious injury

A tourist in Yellowstone National Park was charged by a bison he was taunting and was fortunate to avoid serious injury.

Lindsey Jones of Elko, Nev., videotaped the man Tuesday evening as traffic was stopped for the bison in the Hayden Valley area of the iconic national park.

The man can be seen confronting the growling bison and pointing off as if to say “Get off the street,” and when the buffalo turned toward him, the man seemed to be saying, “Come on, you want a piece of me?”

When the bison charged, he scooted away and Jones turned the camera away, concerned it was about to attack, and it very well could have.

It’s been reported that at least one person is gored by a bison each year at Yellowstone.

On June 6, Kim Hancock, 59, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was gored by a bull bison at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin. She was among a crowd of people that approached within 10 yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk. She was transported to Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky, Montana, where she was treated for a hip injury.

It was the second incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2018, according to the National Park Service. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

“Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be,” a Yellowstone National Park news release states. “Give animals space when they’re near trails, boardwalks, parking lots, or in developed areas. Always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk. If you can’t maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route.”

Not surprisingly, the tourist, who ultimately returned to his vehicle, was being criticized heavily on social media.

“Unfortunately there is no cure for brazen stupidity,” one person wrote.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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