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Yellowstone Animals Remind Visitors to Be Safe Over the Holidays

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Date: June 25, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2012                12-041    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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Yellowstone Animals Remind Visitors to Be Safe Over the Holidays

Blooming wildflowers and sparkling geysers remain a perennial display of Mother Nature's own Fourth of July fireworks in Yellowstone National Park. The chance to see abundant wildlife up close and personal also brings thousands of visitors to the park over the summer holiday season.

Sometimes those encounters can get a little too close and personal, as was the case on Saturday, June 23, when a male visitor from Massachusetts in his mid 50s was gored by a bull bison near the Norris campground.

Though not deliberately taunting the animal, the man instead simply let the bull approach to within a few feet of where he was sitting and refused to move away. The chance for a more brazen view resulted in the man suffering a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury when he was tossed nearly 10 feet in the air and pinned to the ground. He was airlifted to a hospital in Idaho Falls, ID and is expected to recover.

Park visitors are reminded that wildlife in Yellowstone is, in fact, wild. Intentionally approaching or disturbing animals is a violation of park regulations, which could ultimately lead to the death of the animal involved. Park rules require that you stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves at all times, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals including elk and bison. If an animal approaches you, it is your responsibility to move a safe distance away, not the animal's. 

Park rangers vigorously enforce these regulations that are designed to protect both people and animals. Visitors are also reminded to be vigilant at all times with proper food storage by keeping food, garbage, coolers and other attractants stored in hard-sided vehicles or food storage boxes. Those hiking are also advised to stay on designated trails, hike in groups of three or more people, carry bear spray and to be alert for wildlife. The best defense against attacks is to stay a safe distance from wildlife and use your binoculars, spotting scope or telephoto lens to get a closer look, and never feed, approach, disturb or entice wildlife, including birds, in any way.

For valuable holiday trip planning information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm

For current road conditions, call (307) 344-2117.

For current camping information, weather conditions and forecasts, call (307) 344-2113.

For information on permits and reservations, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm

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Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.