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Save Bison Who Gored Selfie Tourist at Yellowstone National Park

Save Bison Who Gored Selfie Tourist at Yellowstone National Park

Our national parks should be a haven for wild animals, but a recent incident at Yellowstone National Park where a woman taking a selfie was gored by a bison is a reminder that animals may lose their lives because of our actions. Join us in calling on officials at Yellowstone National Park to ensure this bison and other animals are protected from such fates.

This incident in particular involved a 72-year-old woman from California who was gored after provoking a bison at a RV camp. 

Witnesses report seeing her ignore warning signs, and repeatedly approaching the bison, coming to within at least 10 feet multiple times to take pictures and try to touch the animal. The bison warned her before charging, and tossed her 10 to 15 feet, before charging again when she tried to get up.

Not only did her behavior defy common sense, it was against park rules.

In response to what happened, Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia stated, “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors like pawing the ground, snorting, bobbing their head, bellowing, and raising their tail. If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge. To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 yards away, move away if they approach, and run away or find cover if they charge.” 

While no one was fatally injured here, conflicts between us and wild animals can often have deadly consequences — especially when animals are blamed for becoming habituated or aggressive toward us, and it can often cost them their lives.

If wild animals are deemed to be a problem, they may be killed.

Wild animals shouldn’t have to pay the price for our behavior when we invade their homes, especially not when it’s been made abundantly clear how to keep incidents like this from happening in the first place.

What YOU Can Do

Please join In Defense of Animals in calling on Yellowstone National Park to ensure this bison, and other wild animals who are involved in incidents with park guests, are kept safe from being killed.

1. Make a polite phone call to Yellowstone National Park urging officials there to protect wildlife at 307-344-7381

You can say:

As someone who cares about wildlife and our national parks, I was troubled to learn of the recent incident involving a bison who gored a tourist. I hope you will not consider killing this bison as a result of what happened, or other wild animals who are involved in similar incidents. They should not lose their lives because of tourists’ bad behavior.  

2. Sign our letter asking Superintendent Cameron Sholly to ensure the safety of this bison, and other wild animals involved in incidents with park visitors.

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