Yellowstone Euthanizes Bison Calf Taken by a Human, Resulting in Exile from Herd

Yellowstone Euthanizes Bison Calf Taken by a Human, Resulting in Exile from Herd

  1. A tourist’s attempt to rescue a newborn bison calf in Yellowstone National Park has resulted in it being euthanized after being rejected by the herd. The incident took place on Saturday at the junction of the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek, in the northeastern corner of the Wyoming park. The National Park Service (NPS) has requested help to identify the tourist who approached the calf after it got separated from its mother following the bison herd’s crossing of the swollen Lamar River. Witnesses stated that the man, along with other tourists, patted the “noticeably distressed” and shivering baby bison after struggling to push it up the river bank and onto a roadway. Although rangers made unsuccessful attempts to reunite the calf with the herd, it caused a “hazardous situation” by following cars and visitors, leading to its euthanasia. Yellowstone regulations require visitors to keep a distance of at least 25 yards (23m) from all wildlife, including bison, elk, and deer, and at least 100 yards (91m) from wolves and bears. Park rangers gave recent appeals to tourists to stay clear of wild animals after some incidents of bison being approached for selfies or pets.
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