Years ago a tourist caused a bear to be euthanized because she was protecting her cubs from stupid tourist. There are many documented cases of tourist getting close up to wild animals in our national parks. Then they get mad when the animals attack them. There is signage all over Yellowstone, but people insist on getting pictures or wanting to pet wild animals.
After baby bison euthanized, Yellowstone visitor pleads guilty to federal offense
The Yellowstone National Park visitor who "intentionally disturbed" a baby bison, causing its herd to reject the calf, was charged, officials said.
The Yellowstone National Park visitor who "intentionally disturbed" a baby bison, causing its herd to reject the calf, has pleaded guilty, officials said.
The Hawaii resident pleaded guilty to one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice District of Wyoming said in a news release.
According to the violation notice on May 20, 2023, the man approached the newborn bison – after the struggling calf had been separated from its mother when the herd crossed the Lamar River – and pushed the baby up from the river and onto the roadway, the news release said.
Park rangers tried to reunite the calf with the herd, but they were unsuccessful. Staff euthanized the calf because “it was abandoned by the herd” and “causing a hazardous situation by approaching cars and people along the roadway,” the release said.
There was nothing in the report that indicated the man acted maliciously, the release said.
The Hawaii resident was charged a $500 fine, a $500 community service payment to Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund, a $30 special assessment and a $10 processing fee, the news release said.