bison breaks boardwalk @ yellowstone national park
bison breaks boardwalk @ yellowstone national park

An adult male bison can weigh in at a stout 2,200lbs so it’s easy to see how this big fella ended up putting a hoof directly through a boardwalk at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Pretty sure wildlife are not subject to federal property damage laws but if they were this bison would be in trouble.

Yellowstone Bison Guidelines:

Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans. Always stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison.

  • Give bison space when they are near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity. 
  • Approaching bison threatens them, and they may respond by bluff charging, head bobbing, pawing, bellowing, or snorting. These are warning signs that you are too close and that a charge is imminent.
  • Do not stand your ground. Immediately walk or run away from the animal. Spray bear spray as you are moving away if the animal follows you.

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