Couple Gets Close to Bison at Yellowstone National Park

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Bison are big and lumbering, but that doesn't mean these giants don't have a gentle side. Many of these animals enjoy a casual, reflective stroll through the forest. According to Metro UK, a couple visiting Yellowstone National Park happened to find a bison doing just that. Knowing that these animal are poor-sighted, relatively calm vegetarians, the pair didn't turn and run the other way, but instead stuck around to get a closer look. The bison moseyed by just a few feet away from the humans, seemingly unaware of their presence. Turns out the sound of silence is a bison walking through the woods.

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September 04 2013 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to wlh1923's comment

The animal that most Americans call a buffalo is actually bison. Buffaloes are found in Africa and south Asia while bison roam in North and South America

September 05 2013 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kelli Bender how irresponsible of you. Clearly you didn't actually ask anyone with knowledge about these animals. Im glad these tourists aren't just ANOTHER statistic of stupidity but there is really no excuse for your shortsighted writing. Sheesh.

September 04 2013 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Average human running speed... 6 MPH ( LOL maybe 7-8 with a Bison on your butt?)
Trained runners.... 10-11 MPH
SHORT DISTANCE: Fastest runners ( 100 Yard dash) 23 MPH

Small car: APPROX 2,000 LBS

Result: BISON can hit like a 40 MPH small car. And if the force alone doesn't kill you, there's those long sharp horns !

September 04 2013 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is some of the best meat on the planet. That looks like a full freezer to me. ;-)

September 04 2013 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bison Bulls are very power full and can be very dangerous They are wild animals and should be treated with respect.

September 04 2013 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Last August, a woman was gored by a bison at Santa Catalina Island off Los Angeles, where a wild herd of bison reside. Evidently, she approached the apparently passive animal to have her picture taken when it took offense and gored her with one of its horns. A pleasant holiday weekend was transformed by a life flight trip to a hospital on the mainland. Admire, but steer clear!

September 04 2013 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Yes, bison are magnificent creatures, but if you get too close or startle them, they can trample you and cause significant injuries, as has occasionally happened to Yellowstone tourists who approached them. Bison are wild animals; they are not domesticated cows, no matter how "calm" they appear to be. A few years ago, my kids and I were preparing breakfast at a picnic area in Yellowstone, and a bison surprised us when it quietly approached our table from behind. We moved away, he sniffed our food and then he lost interest and moved on. Tourists started stopping their cars and a couple of people actually tried to pet it. That is, until I warned them that they are known to sometimes lower their heads and charge. Enjoy the beauty of such wild animals, but do remember that they are not tame barnyard animals.

September 04 2013 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They were very lucky! While stationed at Ft. Riley, KS, we saw a large male bison take out two steel fences like they were made of paper clips.

September 04 2013 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a beautiful creature!

September 04 2013 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jennifer's comment

And tasty.

September 04 2013 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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