The season is young, and interrupted by massive flooding, and we have seen an alarming number of human-bison encounters at Yellowstone National Park.
A man went to the hospital after saving a little kid from getting trampled by a bison, a 71-year-old Pennsylvania woman was gored by one, and a man was gored over a fencepost while trying to get out of the bison’s way.
Needless to say, it’s been an ongoing threat to both park visitors and bison safety, and the National Park Service issued a warning yesterday about keeping your distance from the massive creature…
“Don’t pet the fluffy cows.”
But, people are dumb, which has led us to this footage right here.
According to Cowboy State Daily, this video of a number of tourists getting within 10-feet of a bison occurred on Sunday afternoon, only a few short days after the latest bison attack at the park.
You see dozens of people surround the creature like it’s a pony at a county fair petting zoo.
Richard Midgette, an IT Specialist at Yellowstone, is the one who captured the footage of dozens of visitors, which included children as well.
You can hear him tell his counterpart in the vehicle:
“Could they be any dumber? People don’t understand he’s a wild frickin’ animal.”
As you can imagine, Yellowstone employees are starting to get fed up with the actions of parkgoers.
Yellowstone spokesperson Morgan Warthin told the outlet last Friday:
“Bison are wild animals and if they are approached, they can be dangerous. Most of the time visitors are approaching bison inadvertently.
But if approached, they’ll move towards the visitor, basically to say to the visitor, ‘Move out of the way.'”
Park officials have been stressing here recently to stay at least 25 yards away from the wildlife at Yellowstone, but it just doesn’t seem to be registering in people’s minds how dangerous this situation could be.
Don’t be surprised if another story about another bison attack surfaces in coming days.