Montana Outdoors

Aug 24, 2012 11:15 AM by Ben Trotter - MTN News

Video of bison charging boy close call, experts say

WEST YELLOWSTONE- A young boy charged by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park was caught on video uploaded to YouTube has now been seen by thousands. Experts are saying it was a close call and remind people of the dangers posed by wild animals.

The video came days after a British national from Thailand was gored at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Now, with fall around the corner, and bison moving into roadside feeding areas in the park, YNP spokesman Al Nash reminds people of the dangers that exist in the park.

"This is a wild place, and these are wild animals. They are bigger than you, and the only person who can look out for your safety is you," he said.

Nash says the closest safe distance to bison or elk is 25 yards, or the length of two school buses end to end, while for bears and wolves, a whole football field of space is required.

Andrea Jones, spokeswoman for Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Region 3, says warning signs for agitated buffalo include: stomping, snorting, shaking head side to side, and tail straight up, or curled like a 'question mark' above their back. She says to always back away, avoid running if possible and keep calm if a buffalo charges.

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