Bison Charges Young Girl When Tourists Get Too Close
Yellowstone National Park officials are now reminding visitors that the wild animals are wild and you should give them some space.
This after shocking video caught a bison charging a 9-year-old girl.
The video appears to show a man and woman run away from the animal, just before the young girl is thrown high into the air.
The good news is that the girl is ok, but bad news is this all could have been prevented.
Around 50 tourists reportedly crowded around the bison and some were within 5 and 10 feet from the animal when it charged.
The National Park Service tells visitors to stay a minimum of 75 feet from most wildlife, including bison, moose and deer, and 300 feet from predators like wolves and bears.
As a rule of thumb, the park service says: ‘if you cause an animal to move, you are too close.’
It is also says it is ‘illegal to willfully remain near or approach wildlife within any distance that disturbs or displaces the animal.’
Roughtly 5,000 bison roam freely in Yellowstone.
Last summer, an Oregon man was sentenced to 130 days in jail for taunting a one inside the national park.
Video of the guy provoking the animal went viral after a bystander posted it to Facebook.
Meanwhile, a man was kicked by a wild horse while visiting a popular beach in Maryland earlier this month.
Authorities say the man tried to pet the horse, despite signs all over the beach that say it is illegal to do so.