Yellowstone Visitors Put Bison Calf In SUV Because It Looked Cold
There have been many stories about tourists getting too close to bison at Yellowstone National Park. Deaths and injuries have resulted.
Visitors are not allowed to approach wildlife and are told to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals. But sometimes tourists think they know better.
Karen Richardson of Victor, Idaho, was one of several parents chaperoning a group of 5th graders on a recent field trip to Yellowstone. As the students were in an educational session at Lamar Buffalo Ranch, a father and son pulled up at the ranger station with a bison calf in their SUV.
“They were demanding to speak with a ranger,” Richardson told EastIdahoNews.com. “They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.”
Rob Heusevelet, a father of a student, told the men to remove the bison from their car and warned they could be in trouble for having the animal.
“They didn’t care,” Heusevelet says. “They sincerely thought they were doing a service and helping that calf by trying to save it from the cold.”
Law enforcement rangers were called and the father-and-son tourists, who were visiting the U.S. from another country, were ticketed.
Heusevelet says the rangers followed the pair back to where they had picked up the bison, and the animal was released.