Two foreign tourists, a father and son, pulled up to the Yellowstone National Park ranger station in Montana with an undoubtedly confused American bison calf in the back of their SUV. They reported that they were concerned it was too cold. Source
Rangers explained why the calf didn't need rescuing, wrote the tourists a ticket for tampering with wildlife and released the calf back where it had been found. The high temperature Sunday at Yellowstone was 60° F. Information about the American bison HERE.
"The story behind a viral photograph of a baby bison in the back of an SUV at Yellowstone National Park ended tragically, with the National Park Service saying today that it had euthanized the animal after its herd refused to accept it back.
In its announcement, the park service issued a stern warning to its visitors. "In recent weeks, visitors in the park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous and illegal behavior with wildlife," the park service said today in a statement posted on its website. 'Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival. ... The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment.' " Source. (In the era of selfies, is that even possible?)
After being abandoned by the heard, the bison was a danger to itself and the public because it kept approaching cars and pedestrians on the road. The report did not mention the possibility of the calf having been already abandoned and alone when the tourists picked it up and the eyewitness quotes didn't include that information, either.
Here are the rules: "Yellowstone regulations require visitors to stay at least 25 yards, or about 75 feet, away from all wildlife, including bison, and 100 yards from wolves and bears." Source.
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