Yellowstone National Park responds to video of a man teasing a bison

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 18:38:29-04

Yellowstone National Park has responded to the video that shows a man taunting a bison, and narrowly escaping getting gored or trampled.

The video was posted by Lindsey Jones; it was taken taken in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone on Tuesday evening (July 31).

The video shows a man in the road taunting a bison; at one point, the bison begins to charge at the person, who quickly dodges out of the way.

On Thursday, Yellowstone National Park posted the following message on Facebook:

Many people have asked if we’ve seen the viral video in which an individual is seen hazing a bison in Yellowstone.

We’ve seen it, and rangers are actively investigating the incident. Superintendent Dan Wenk had this to say after watching the video:

"The individual’s behavior in this video is reckless, dangerous, and illegal. We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife. Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards from animals like bison and elk, and 100 yards from bears and wolves. These distances safeguard both visitors and the remarkable experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals. People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else."

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