Thursday, May 12, 2016

Baby bison euthanized at Yellowstone after tourists take it from herd

A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because 'it looked cold' could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife.

Park rules require visitors to stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves. Visitors brought the newborn calf to a park facility on May 9, which officials called dangerous because adult bison are protective and will attack to defend their young.
Rangers took the animal back to where it was picked up, but they could not get it accepted back with the herd after several tries.

“The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway,” the park said in a statement.
In another recent high-profile case, a woman was seen on video trying to pet an adult bison as it rested on the boardwalk around Old Faithful. In another, tourists posed for photos dangerously close to bison that had caused a traffic jam on a road.

Five visitors were seriously injured last year after getting too close to the massive animals.