A video uploaded to YouTube yesterday shows a Yellowstone National Park ranger firing in the direction of a grizzly bear after it bluff charged him.
The park ranger was managing traffic, trying to clear the scene and keep cars from driving by the bear and scaring it. Cars are blatantly ignoring his signals to stop driving and not respecting the rules to stay 100 yards from wildlife, endangering the ranger and scaring the bear resulting in the bluff charge.
The surprised ranger takes cover behind his truck and fires what presumably are rubber bullets towards the bear. The bear runs off into the forest.
The footage was captured Friday evening south of Roaring Mountain, north of the Norris Geyser Basin.
Park regulations state that tourists should give all animals space and stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves, especially when outside their vehicles.
Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular. While it represents many types of biomes, the subalpineforest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.