It’s been almost two months since a pair of Yellowstone National Park tourists put a bison calf in the back of their SUV and apparently it wasn’t the first time.
According to the Washington Post, a park manager at Badlands National Park did almost the same thing two years prior. The news comes on the heels of a recently released report from the US Department of Interior’s Office Of The Inspector General. The office, which serves as a watchdog organization for the NPS, indicated that a supervisory natural resource specialist removed a bison from its natural habitat and later brought it home because they believed the animal was ill.
“Our investigation confirmed that the supervisory natural resource specialist, with supervisory approval, removed the buffalo calf from the park and brought it to his home, an action that violated NPS policy and State and Federal law.” – Office Of The Inspector General
The animal’s removal was authorized by the park superintendent. As of now it’s uncertain as to whether or not the employee or park superintendent were disciplined for their actions. In the case of the Yellowstone tourists, they paid $110 fine violating park regulations but at least they were clueless– right?
Find the entire Washington Post article here: Yellowstone tourists were not the only ones to try an ill-fated bison rescue. A Park Service manager did too