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Old 05-17-2016, 06:40 PM   #41
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Frustration boiled online across the nation over the weekend and into Monday.
How could two tourists possibly think it was okay to pick up a bison calf weighing less than 100 pounds, place it in the back of a Toyota Sequoia, and drive to the ranger station in Yellowstone National Park?
Signs, brochures, common sense usually lends visitors remembering the golden rule in national parks -- "If you care, leave them there."
To recap if you missed it, a father and son thought they were sparing a baby bison from the cold, placed it in the SUV, transported it to the ranger station to inform officials of their good deed.
It's not known how hard the ranger's jaw hit the floor of the station, but the tourists didn't escape without someone taking a photo of the head-scratching situation.
Karen Richardson's photo of the incident took off online, immediately going viral with comments admonishing the tourists from a unidentified country.
On Monday, news came down the bison calf could not be successfully reintroduced to the wild and was subsequently euthanized.
"Interference by people can cause mothers to reject their offspring," YNP officials stated in a press release. "In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway."
Many still questioned why the bison couldn't be moved to a conservation center or elsewhere.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Park's Communication, Education Director Bob Gibson says there is one big reason that may pose a risk for other wildlife.
"It has first to do with disease," Gibson said. "There are diseases in the park that are not elsewhere that we don't want to move that animal and do that. Even when buffalo are transferred from the park off to the tribes, those animals are vetted for disease a lot first. Just to pick up an animal and go over and plunk it down into another herd is asking for trouble. Second, there is no reason to believe that if that little calf was rejected by its original herd that it would not be rejected by the herd you plugged it into another one of the reservations or somewhere else or a conservation center."
Gibson said it's rare to be able to relocate an animal with hooves. Bears and some birds are exceptions, but even then can be difficult to move.
YNP added: "In order to ship the calf out of the park, it would have had to go through months of quarantine to be monitored for brucellosis. No approved quarantine facilities exist at this time, and we don't have the capacity to care for a calf that's too young to forage on its own. Nor is it the mission of the National Park Service to rescue animals: our goal is to maintain the ecological processes of Yellowstone. Even though humans were involved in this case, it is not uncommon for bison, especially young mothers, to lose or abandon their calves. Those animals typically die of starvation or predation."
None of which would need to be considered if tourists learned the golden rule for wildlife.
We reached out to Yellowstone National Park officials to get a better understanding of the ticket handed out to the tourists.
Since it is a federal crime, the tourists will likely face the park's federal magistrate for further punishment.

sry i didn't see this report, i seen another report just stating that the baby started coming up to cars and people.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:48 PM   #42
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There is no end to it, Yellowstone is the place to go if you want to make stupid tourist videos, there is another news report today about a group of guys who walked into one of the hot springs damaging it. Amazing.


We had a "celebrity" carve her and her boyfriend's name into the red rock formations at Sedona here in AZ for Valentine's day. Fortunately she was caught and just recently fined.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:06 PM   #43
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There are a lot of ways to die in Yellowstone NP and this is just one example.

"WEST YELLOWSTONE -

A woman was killed in a traffic accident Wednesday morning in Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials say a 47-year-old woman from Texas stopped to watch an eagle and stepped in front of another vehicle.

The accident happened in the westbound lane of the road from West Yellowstone to Madison Junction at about 8 am.

Witnesses immediately began CPR and Park Rangers arrived within minutes, but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

No citation was issued to the driver of the vehicle that hit the woman.

The name of the woman is being withheld while an investigation continues
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Another recent Yellowstone incident involved 4 friends from Canada, who violated park rules by walking out to the Grand Prismatic Spring.
The biggest idiot of the 4 idiots, actually stuck his hand in it.:banghead:
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Another recent Yellowstone incident involved 4 friends from Canada, who violated park rules by walking out to the Grand Prismatic Spring.
The biggest idiot of the 4 idiots, actually stuck his hand in it.:banghead:
The four men were already back in Canada when criminal warrants were issued. It is doubtful if extradition proceedings will be pursued.

The four men had a travel website and many of their sponsors have pulled their support, including Bud Light.

With 4 million visitors expected again this year there's bound to be at least a few idiots among them.
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The four men were already back in Canada when criminal warrants were issued. It is doubtful if extradition proceedings will be pursued.

The four men had a travel website and many of their sponsors have pulled their support, including Bud Light.

With 4 million visitors expected again this year there's bound to be at least a few idiots among them.
At least a few of them have the good grace to take themselves out of the gene pool!
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This topic reminds me of a joke...

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear confrontations, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers to take extra precautions and be alert for bears while in the field. We advise that hikers wear small bells on their clothing to make constant noise when they walk as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them, and to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter….

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Hikers should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear droppings are smaller, darker and contain lots of berries and fur. Grizzly bear droppings are larger, lighter, contain little bells in it and smell like pepper.
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So they are not Charlie Manson, just dumb for some good reason
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