Tourist tries to save baby bison in Yellowstone, but sentences him to death

A very sad story comes from Yellowstone park. Rangers at the Yellowstone Preserve in Wyoming had to kill a baby bison after it was rescued by a tourist, unaware that he had sentenced the calf to death

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Tourist tries to save baby bison in Yellowstone, but sentences him to death

A very sad story comes from Yellowstone park. Rangers at the Yellowstone Preserve in Wyoming had to kill a baby bison after it was rescued by a tourist, unaware that he had sentenced the calf to death. The man helped a stranded bison cub out of a river as the cub was trying to rejoin the herd after being separated from its mother.

However, the fact that he touched the baby bison and impregnated it with his own smell would have in fact prompted the herd to abandon the cub, despite the fact that the park authorities tried exhaustively to reinstate him.

Park authorities said: "An unidentified white man in his 40s and 50s, wearing a blue shirt and black pants approached the newborn bison on Saturday after the calf was separated from the herd as it attempted to cross the Lamar River.

As the calf wriggled, the man pushed it out of the river and onto the roadway. At that point, the little bison would have created a dangerous situation by approaching cars and pedestrians on the road, making neutralization necessary.

Getting close to wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival. In the wilds of Yellowstone, animals that are vulnerable or make bad decisions become food for others. It can be difficult to watch nature take its course, especially when young animals are involved and human actions may have influenced the outcome.

However, every year the animals have more offspring than can survive. The deaths of some animals are a necessary part of sustaining our populations of predators, scavengers, decomposers, and eventually herbivores once the nutrient cycle closes.

Yellowstone is not a zoo or wildlife park; it is the wild home of innumerable creatures who live in their own environment on their own terms." We recall American bison live in river valleys, prairies and plains. Typical habitat is open or semi-open grasslands, as well as semi-arid lands and scrublands.

Throughout most of their historic range, landowners have sought restrictions on free-roaming bison. Herds on private land must be fenced off. In the state of Montana, free-range bison on public lands may be killed, due to concerns about disease transmission to livestock and damage to public property.

In 2013, Montana legislation was proposed and passed regarding the bison, but was opposed by Native American tribes on the grounds that it violated sovereign tribal rights. Three of these bills were vetoed by Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana. The bison's circumstances remain a matter of contention between Native American tribes and private landowners.