Ambulance Uses Its Siren To Herd Bison Off A Yellowstone Road

Yellowstone ambulance

Get out of the way!

That’s not a typical traffic jam for an ambulance. Well, I guess it would depend on where you live, but I’ve never really thought about it where I live.

Bison are the largest land mammals in North America. Bulls can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand over six feet tall at the shoulder, while cows are slightly smaller, generally weighing around 1,000 to 1,200 pounds.

Bison are social animals that typically live in large herds. They use these herds for various reasons like protection and guidance. These bison rely on the group structure for survival and for establishing a social framework.

These herds travel along and are a favorite by travelers in areas where they reside, especially in places like Yellowstone National Park. Often, people see these beasts next to roads where the large meadows bison love are. Sometimes this leads to massive bison herds blocking the roads.

This can be an inconvenience, but we wouldn’t want to see it be an issue for first responders.

Don’t worry though, their sirens work for bison, too.

This herd of bison is seen blocking off a road near a bridge in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Multiple vehicles are held up when an ambulance comes along with its lights on. It only slows down for a second as it cranks the siren.

The bison scatter and the ambulance makes its way through.

Good to know that noise works to move these massive creatures.

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