Bisonare relatively docile creatures, especially considering their size and ability to wreak havoc on anything in their path. Make no mistake, if they want to, they’ll mow you down.
And while bison attacks are relatively infrequent, there’s no shortage of instances where we’ve seen tourists get charged, tossed in the air, and even gored at Yellowstone.
Lucky for these cyclists, that wasn’t the case here.
In the video, you can see a cyclist biking down an absolutely gorgeous stretch of road in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, when he comes across a large herd of bison.
Other cyclists have chosen to pull over and take cover among the trees while the bison pass, but our man here. He’s made the decision to share the road with the bison… hoping that they see the road the same way.
“27-year-old Caleb Dvorak bikes solo within feet of 75 bison in Yellowstone on Grand Loop Road on April 9th, 2022. Nobody was hurt in the filming of this video and no wildlife was disturbed.”
No harm, no foul.
Still though, you can’t help but feel a little uneasy in such close proximity, and moving quickly towards, these big, beautiful beasts.
Something tells me the sight of the other bikers pulled over made Caleb think twice about continuing on.
Then again, maybe he was just taking in the scenery…
Either way, a wild encounter no doubt.
Yellowstone National Park Partially Reopens After Flooding
Devastating flood levels in Yellowstone National Park have resulted in washed out roads, bridges, and even cabins, along with mud and rock slides that’ve damaged a number of sections of the park.
Visitors were forced to evacuate for their own safety as every entrance was shut down, and park officials noted that it may take months for some parts of the park to reopen.
With that being said, Yellowstone is now reopening parts of their park on Wednesday, but will only allow a limited number of visitors, according to CNN.
The park said in a statement:
“At 8 AM Wednesday, June 22, Yellowstone National Park will begin allowing visitors to access the south loop of the park. The south loop is accessed from the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson).
Areas accessible include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village, and Norris.”
However, park officials are using an unusual system to decide which visitors will be allowed to access the park. For example, vehicles with license plates ending with an odd number will be allowed to visit on odd numbered days of the month, and those with even numbers can access on even numbered days.
“Park staff have endangered over 1,000 business owners, park partners, commercial operators and residents in surrounding gateway communities to determine how to manage summer visitation.”
According to the National Weather Service, Yellowstone received two to three times the number of typical rainfall for the month of June, with precipitation being over 400% the average in northwestern Wyoming and southern Montana.
Flooding was so severe, that the Yellowstone River peaked at its highest level in over 100 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.