Turns out tourists not knowing boundaries with wild animals isn’t a new phenomenon.
I had thought that back in the day people would be more aware of the dangers when they weren’t bombarded by hundreds of viral videos where they look so cute and pettable.
But alas, I stumbled upon a clip that looks like it was shot on one of those home video cameras your aunt taped Christmas of 2001 on that shows people were still trying to get ridiculously close to the giant beasts of the American West… the bison.
A date on the video shows 1992, but regardless of when exactly the event occurred, it went down just like the more recent one’s we’ve seen did.
Apparently, it’s a story as old as time:
Bison gets close to an area with some people. People notice bison and say “Wow, that’s so cool! Let’s get closer for a better picture!” Bison doesn’t like the people being there and charges. The bison wins.
In this particular case, the video cuts to the man in Yellowstone National Park, standing very close to a bison with only a tree in between them, presumably trying to hide from the 1500 pound monster, but that shockingly doesn’t work.
The bison sniffs him out, starts kicking up dirt in a clear sign of “If you don’t leave I’ll hurt you”, then charges and absolutely launches the grown man high into the pines.
I mean sends him up there like a Christmas ornament, this guy got tossed.
It just goes to show you… don’t pet the fluffy cows. They will mess you up.
When will people learn…
Wolf Pack Chases Elk At Yellowstone National Park
Another day, another awesome animal encounter at Yellowstone National Park.
You never know what you’re gonna see at Yellowstone, but if you spend enough time there, you’re bound to get a front row seat to nature at its cruelest.
Whether it’s a grizzly chasing down a bull elk, a wolf pack going toe to toe with a bear over a kill, or sometimes even a bison brawl bringing traffic to a complete stop.
This time, a driver stumbled upon members of the Wapiti Lake Wolf Pack, chasing down a cow elk in the Northern Range of the park.
And unfortunately for the elk, she wasn’t fast enough…
“The wapiti lake wolf pack is made up of 20 wolves. At last light I witnessed 7 wolves chase a cow elk across the road and eventually kill the elk 50 yards off the road.
This occurred in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park.”
I can honestly say the show Yellowstone has peaked my interest in the park, but when you actually dive into some of the incredible footage from parkgoers, you’re gonna wanna book you trip ASAP.
Yellowstone Wolfpack Mount Successful Attack On Elk Herd
Elk never have a chance…
With all of the nature and wildlife you can find at Yellowstone National Park, you’ll see some wild shit every once in a while.
Captured by Yellowstone Wolf Tracker, the footage shows a pack of wolves descending upon a herd of elk, flanking the herd on all sides, looking to single out a weak link for dinner.
You see the elk run from the wolves in a ginormous stampede, but for one unfortunate cow, she gets separated from the herd and quickly put on the menu.
Yellowstone Wolf Tracker said in a Facebook post:
“We were fortunate enough to witness the Junction Butte Pack successfully complete a hunt in the Northern Range of Yellowstone.
Only 10% of the time are wolves successful in their hunts so to be able to see the entire sequence unfold was incredibly special.”
Michael Sypniewski, a Yellowstone Wolf Tracker guide, told FTW Outdoors that he spotted the hunt through a spotting scope that was located a mile from where the hunt occurred.
The Junction Butte Pack is one of the most constantly monitored, since it’s so close to the main road.
Needless to say, the video shows just how dangerous a small pack of wolves can be, even if dozens of elk are traveling in herds.
Wildlife man, it can be brutal.