Monday, September 10, 2012

Children chased by bison - duh

So I caught this video on CBS news tonight. Children walking up to pet a bison and getting chased.

Man. I was just in Yellowstone a month and a half ago. You cannot get out of your car without seeing a half a dozen signs telling you to keep your damned distance from all animals, especially bison. Like this one, though it's from Theodore Roosevelt National Park:

beware of bison sign

They aren't kidding. Do not send your children up to pet a bison. Just .... don't.



At 8:40 PM, September 10, 2012 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

I used to work with a woman who got a degree in forestry and did an internship as a park ranger, before she changed gears and went into computers. She told me that during her internship, the single task that she and her supervisor spent more time doing than any other was warning people to stay away from the wild animals.

She also said that it was amazing how often the people would disbelieve them and argue with them about it.

At 7:30 AM, September 11, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yep. My friend bought a book called "Death in Yellowstone" - full of people doing stupid things with animals and geysers and blizzards.

"They couldn't be dangerous or you wouldn't be allowed to let them run around loose."

At 12:56 PM, September 11, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Re wild animals, I sometimes wonder if people don't realize why they're described as "wild." In fact, that should suffice to answer any and all questions of why not to try to interact with them (especially in mating season), although it doesn't always, alas. Then again, invoking Darwin, if everyone who's that stupid got mauled to death by a wild animal, eventually their ilk would go extinct (except for a few new mutants).

At 12:59 PM, September 11, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Barry, did you see my reply to you re a use for the un-F-word this summer (currently the last comment)?

At 1:25 PM, September 11, 2012 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

I did (yes, rather like un-ringing a bell), though I didn't have any particular reply to it. Very appropriate usage, that.


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