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Apr 7, 2014 12:23 PM by Lilian Langston - KPAX News

Yellowstone fleeing' bison video has Missoulians talking

MISSOULA - Most of us know you shouldn't believe everything you see or read on the Internet - and a recent rumor about one of our national parks is a perfect example why.

Reporter Lilian Langston talked to locals to see why this trending video caught so many people's attention.A rumor gone viral.

"At first it kind of freaked me out, I mean because we are in the danger zone if something were to happen, but it was just really interesting to me," Rikki Devlin of Missoula told us.

What started as something small, turned into a trending topic - That Yellowstone National Park's supervolcano was ready to erupt.

So the park decided to take matters into their own hands, and submit a video called Minute Out In It.

"We get some pretty wild rumors out there, one of them happens to be about the animals. We do have bison, elk and other animals that have moved outside the park," Yellowstone National Park spokesperson Al Nash said.

The video that he's talking about is of a small herd of buffalo running down the side of this highway.

Captions read "animals running for their lives," hinting that these buffalo had a sixth sense, and knew something humans didn't.

The truth is, the buffalo in the video are running into the park, causing for a complete misunderstanding that swept the web for several days.

The video caused a trend on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and several other sites including USA TODAY.

"I just think people believe what they want to believe and that's an exciting thing to believe and social media skews everything," Devlin said.

So is social media to blame? Some locals think so.

"Without social media, yeah, I think people would just ignore it because they wouldn't know what was going on," one resident said.

"I believe that stuff spreads a lot quicker with social media," another told us

This rumor spread quickly, but we may now rest easy knowing these animals were not running from any impending explosion or doom.

Nash says there is a much more logical explanation.

"They're doing that because it's the depth of winter, food is a little hard to find in places inside Yellowstone, and they tend to migrate at this time of the winter outside the park to lower elevations - where they think there might be something to eat that's easier to get at."

There was an earthquake in Yellowstone National Park on Sunday March 30 that sparked people's attention as well, but park officials are saying it's nothing to worry about, as the park has close to 3,000 earthquakes a year.

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