Yellowstone Bison Calf Euthanized Due to Human Interaction

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In recent weeks, visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous and illegal behavior with wildlife. The actions have not only endangered people, but have now resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf. Park visitors last week were cited for placing a newborn bison calf in their vehicle and transporting it to a park facility because they were concerned for the animal’s welfare. Park officials tried numerous times to reunite the calf with the herd, but were unsuccessful in doing so.

According to a park release, the bison calf had to be euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by approaching people and cars along the roadway. It is believed that the herd abandoned the calf due to the visitors inappropriate behavior. Park officials urge visitors to adhere to Park regulations, which require people to stay at least 25 yards away from all wildlife, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Disregarding these regulations can result in fines, injury and even death.