Woman Severely Gored by Bison She Was Photographing in Yellowstone

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Sad that she was injured, even sadder about what will happen to the bison...

Everybody has a camera in their smart phone.... the phone may be "smart" but the owner of the phone not so much...


Cheers,
alexis and Georgie Beagle

"large wild animals are to be respected to avoid Darwin Awards..." - Georgie Beagle
 
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We went on a snow coach ride from West Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in 2009. Our trip was delayed because two of the ticket holders hadn't shown up and the driver was waiting for them. This was in January and the mother and son showed up finally. The son had on shorts and tennis shoes with no socks. They were annoying all day, but there were two things that were the worst. First, we came across a herd of bison that were walking along right outside our snow coach. They asked if they could put the window down and pet them!! The second was when we stopped at Norris Geyser basin. We all wanted to get out and hike around. The coach driver said that he didn't think we could because the guy in shorts and tennis shoes wasn't dressed for it. All the coach riders rebelled and said that since we had paid for that as part of our trip he would just have to get out and hike with us. I got to experience stupidity first hand that day. Living two hours away from Yellowstone we hear the stories all the time. There is nothing that will surprise me.
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We went on a snow coach ride from West Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in 2009. Our trip was delayed because two of the ticket holders hadn't shown up and the driver was waiting for them. This was in January and the mother and son showed up finally. The son had on shorts and tennis shoes with no socks. They were annoying all day, but there were two things that were the worst. First, we came across a herd of bison that were walking along right outside our snow coach. They asked if they could put the window down and pet them!! The second was when we stopped at Norris Geyser basin. We all wanted to get out and hike around. The coach driver said that he didn't think we could because the guy in shorts and tennis shoes wasn't dressed for it. All the coach riders rebelled and said that since we had paid for that as part of our trip he would just have to get out and hike with us. I got to experience stupidity first hand that day. Living two hours away from Yellowstone we hear the stories all the time. There is nothing that will surprise me.View attachment 1664767View attachment 1664768
I've seen a lot of stupid in YNP, but this might take the cake, Terri!
 
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Let's please give at least a little slack to the woman until we at least know more details. Maybe she was on medication that suddenly and unexpectedly affected her in ways that affected her judgement. Maybe she has a disability that affects her judgement.
Maybe. Probably not but maybe. She isn't the first one and won't be the last and previous idiots didn't have mental health issues. It's folks like her who will (eventually) ruin it for all of us. Rangers need to escort violators out of the park to set an example. Then again she set a pretty good example for everyone who witnessed her foolishness.
 
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Maybe. Probably not but maybe. She isn't the first one and won't be the last and previous idiots didn't have mental health issues. It's folks like her who will (eventually) ruin it for all of us. Rangers need to escort violators out of the park to set an example. Then again she set a pretty good example for everyone who witnessed her foolishness.
Yes but this was in the campground.
I would not be so quick to judge.
 
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Yes but this was in the campground.
The article you provided indicates that she was "at her campsite when she approached" the animal. The article Nick provided indicates that she "got within 10 feet of the animal several times" while she was "near" the campground. The article I'm providing below indicates that she "approached the bison to take a picture and got within 10 feet of it multiple times...near her campsite." Considering the conflicting information about her location, I'm not comfortable saying definitively whether she was in the campground or, if not, how far away she was.

Regardless, the one bit of information that all three articles share is that she approached the animal. If she was in the campground or even at her campsite when she approached the animal, being there doesn't change the lack of wisdom when making that choice and then acting upon it.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bison-gores-woman-yellowstone-trnd/index.html
 
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YELLOWSTONE PARK is one of my favorite places in the world, and I have witnessed (and committed) a couple of unmindful actions there.
But...The question to ask is "SO What? Is the expectation that wild animals will show respect to our "castle" at a campground? Foolish in the extreme!
At one time, the rule was essentially; "You may not approach the animals", but some wildlife photogs stretched that to "I'm not approaching them, THEY are approaching me!"
Another story I have not been able to verify is that a visitor to the park placed his infant daughter on the back of a bear for a photograph. It sounds a little exaggerated, but...it wouldn't surprise me a bit!
I hope the woman was fined a large amount, and/or banned from the park for at least 10 years! :cool:
 
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The question to ask is "SO What? Is the expectation that wild animals will show respect to our "castle" at a campground? Foolish in the extreme!
At one time, the rule was essentially; "You may not approach the animals", but some wildlife photogs stretched that to "I'm not approaching them, THEY are approaching me!"
Another story I have not been able to verify is that a visitor to the park placed his infant daughter on the back of a bear for a photograph. It sounds a little exaggerated, but...it wouldn't surprise me a bit!
I hope the woman was fined a large amount, and/or banned from the park for at least 10 years! :cool:
Another question could be why wouldn’t the campground be protected from intrusions from large mammals?
What about health and safety?
just saying...
 
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Another question could be why wouldn’t the campground be protected from intrusions from large mammals?
What about health and safety?
just saying...
It's a National Park, no fences. Camp on nature's terms.
For about 10 years I led field trips of about 40 first-year college students on a 2 week+ trip around the mountain west that included 3-4 nights in YNP. We never experienced a single wildlife related event (these trips have been ongoing every spring since 1972). One morning we had a herd of 50-60 Bison walk through our camp (at Madison River Campground) at about the time we were rising—dawn. Not a single one of our young and invincible kids was ever in danger because they knew how to behave. One activity we conduct is simply watching tourists behave and we chronicled the mindless and stupid things some many of them do. I'm surprised we don't hear of more such incidents.
 

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