“Park regulations also state that pets must be physically controlled at all times. Because the owners of the dog did not have it on a leash, not only did it cause the bison to become agitated, but it also caused a hazardous situation to the owners.”
Friendly reminder that when you’re in the presence of 2,000lbs wild animals with horns you should always keep your family pets leashed (seems obvious but apparently not). KBZK reports the video was shot May 11th in Yellowstone between Grand Prismatic Spring and Norris Geyser Basin. At one point dog is nearly kicked by one of the bison but narrowly missed the blow:
The regulations concerning pets in Yellowstone National Park are as follows:
- Pets may only accompany people in developed areas and must remain within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds.
- Pets must be physically controlled at all times: they must be in a car, in a crate, or on a leash no more than six feet long.
- Pets are not allowed on boardwalks, hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.
- Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
- Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate.
- Pets may remain in vehicles for short periods of time, but we recommend that someone stay behind to personally ensure their well being.
- Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.
You can read more about park rules concerning pets here.