Bison Calf Killed After Visitor Picks It Up

Yellowstone National Park Officials Kill Newborn Bison After Visitor Picks It Up

In a tragic incident, Yellowstone National Park officials were forced to kill a newborn bison after a visitor picked it up. The calf had become separated from its mother when the herd crossed the Lamar River on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The man who picked up the calf was reportedly trying to help it, but his actions actually caused more harm than good.

Bison Calf At Antelope Island State Park
Bison Calf At Antelope Island State Park

When a bison calf is separated from its mother, it is instinctual for the mother to reject the calf. This is because the mother’s scent has been altered by the human touch. The calf in this case was no exception. After the man picked it up, the mother bison refused to take it back.

Park officials tried to reunite the calf with the herd, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The calf was eventually euthanized because it was becoming a hazard to visitors.

This incident is a reminder that it is important to stay away from wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Bison are wild animals and can be unpredictable. They can also be very dangerous, especially if they feel threatened. If you see a bison calf that is separated from its mother, do not approach it. Instead, report the incident to a park ranger.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe around wildlife in Yellowstone National Park:

  • Stay at least 25 yards away from all wildlife, including bison, elk, and deer (100 yards from bears and wolfs).
  • Do not feed wildlife.
  • Do not approach wildlife that is injured or appears to be in distress.
  • If you see a wild animal that is acting aggressively, leave the area immediately.

By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure your safety and the safety of the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.

Additional Information on Not Handling Wildlife

In addition to the tips listed above, here are some additional information on why it is important to not handle wildlife:

  • Wildlife can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
  • Wildlife can be injured if they are handled.
  • Wildlife can become accustomed to human interaction, which can make them more dangerous.

If you see a wild animal that needs help, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Instead, contact a park ranger or other wildlife professional.