A video posted on July 8, 2019 shows a man petting a bison over the guardrails of a crowded Yellowstone boardwalk, while hoards of tourists are all within a few feet of the huge beast taking pictures. Although they may appear docile, they certainly are not, as many tourists who are less lucky than this man find out every single year.
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Following this, and a previous incident where a young girl was tossed in the air by a bison, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly saw fit to release a statement warning people about getting too close to wild animals:
The man captured on video showed an incredible lack of judgment and common sense. Not only did he put himself and others at risk; he violated regulations designed to keep these animals wild. We expect better from our visitors.”
“Yellowstone National Park reminds visitors that wildlife in the park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals — bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes — and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.”
Park officials are investigating the incident as a violation of the law.