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How many times does the National Park Service have to say “Don’t pet the fluffy cows” before people actually listen? Because we haven’t reached that point yet.
This video, posted by Tourons of Yellowstone last month and taken by Jackie Boesinger Meredyk, shows a middle-aged man approaching a bison jam from at least 20 cars back to take too-close-for-comfort videos of the wild animals with his iPad. He was within a car’s length of some of the bison, holding up his iPad and stepping around to create the best angles for this video. At the time, park rangers were nudging the herd of bison across the street, and yelled at the man to back away. So, he stopped filming and returned to his car.
Aggressive interactions with bison are rare, and they mainly occur when humans get too close or provoke the animal. We’ve covered plenty of situations where people get close to wildlife for the sake of the video and end up getting gored, arrested, or worse. Social media cred or video virality isn’t worth tempting wildlife. In…