Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my first solo road trip. On my way to Mount Rainier National Park, I stopped in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. After a while, bison herds start to all look the same. This herd was a little different since it was the only one during my visit that had calfs with them. Without further ado, here is how I made a deal with a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park.
I was driving in eastern Yellowstone when I noticed this herd of bison had calves with them. I found a pullout and quickly pulled over and grabbed my camera. I was about 150 yard from the bison when I got out of my car (NPS recommends that one stays at least 25 yards away from them). I rounded the front of my car and I notice that the bull of the herd is on the move. He moves away from the herd and towards me. I slowly back-up and open my car door. I am prepared to dive in my car if he charges me. Thankfully, he got about half between me and his family and stopped. I assumed he meant to tell me that I am fine as long as I stay where I am but come closer and we WILL have problems (mostly me but still).
Bison are some of the most dangerous animals in Yellowstone. They regularly injure people and have killed people in and out of the park. I have no desire to mess with one. I stayed where I was and snapped photos of the family and calves. After about 100 photos or so, I just leaned against my car and watched the bison go about their daily lives. The bull had relaxed and gone back grazing.