Campground bison fight @ Yellowstone National Park
Campground bison fight @ Yellowstone National Park

Imagine waking up from a lazy afternoon nap to a commotion outside your tent and poking your head out to see two 2,000 pounds beasts locked in battle. The following footage was taken at campground in Yellowstone National Park were a pair of bison engaged in a fierce but short lived clash of heads. Bison fights help establish and maintain dominance hierarchies among males in the herd and most confrontations are brief, lasting about 30 seconds. Thankfully top bull was determined quickly and these big fellas didn’t end up taking out anyone’s tent.

Yellowstone Bison Safety:

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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