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Old 07-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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How do you explain this to the bodyshop ?

At one point in our trip to Yellowstone last week, were were literally surrounded by a herd of Bison - we were at the end of a cul-de-sac and they came from behind so we could not move out of the way. All I could think of was:

a) Madeleine (my 10 year old daughter) please don't pet the nice Bison and
b) How am I going to explain this to the bodyshop guys and my insurance company...

I'm pleased to report we escaped unscathed. We did, however, see two other tow vehicles that had been totaled in separate collisions with Bison. Drive slow and be alert!
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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I here more people are hurt by Bison the any other animal In YS.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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At one point in our trip to Yellowstone last week, were were literally surrounded by a herd of Bison - we were at the end of a cul-de-sac and they came from behind so we could not move out of the way. All I could think of was:

a) Madeleine (my 10 year old daughter) please don't pet the nice Bison and
b) How am I going to explain this to the bodyshop guys and my insurance company...

I'm pleased to report we escaped unscathed. We did, however, see two other tow vehicles that had been totaled in separate collisions with Bison. Drive slow and be alert!
We had a similar experience, also last week and also escaped unscathed. Found ourselves among many other vehicles in the midst of bison-herd-crossing-the-road.

Bison have been known to ram vehicles, as well. There was a ranger present, along with an ambulance, both parked alongside the road with lights flashing. May be more foolish people out there than one would think.


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Old 07-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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We were tent camping in Yellowstone about 20 years ago. In the morning, I heard strange animal noises outside and looked. It was a buffalo (I know they are "bison", but I like "buffalo"). I'm glad they don't like to step on tents. I went to the bathroom and guys were talking about the buffalo wandering through the campground; some were awakened by snorting buffalo and were still shaken.

We've driven through many cattle drives, but when we've seen buffalo on the road, we are very, very careful. They seem to spook much easier than cows.

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Lots of not very smart tourists were getting out of their cars and getting really close to the bison for pictures - and even putting their kids out next to the bison for photos. Even though the rangers passed out flyers showing pictures of people being gored by bison and saying that you have to be at least 50 yards away. I guess it's kind of a Darwin test.

Seemed to be mostly foreign tourists who were doing this. I will also admit to stopping and yelling at a Japanese tourist who threw down a cigarette butt onto the ground right in front of us. I thoroughly embarrassed him in front of his tour group - not sure it will change future behavior - but hey you are in a national park not at disneyland.
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We were camped in the Tetons once and there was a bear going through camp I put the wife and kids in the pop up and throw a few rocks in it's direction to keep it away. While other ran up the road with their kids to get pictures. Sometimes!! about 5 mins later I heard a large bang. I ask the ranger the next day if it was a bang grenade to scare it off. he said the shot it. 3 strikes and your out around there... Not like Sequoia NP, where they let bears rip doors and roof boxes open to get at stuff. Seems like you need to find a happy medium..
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Q: What's the difference between a Buffalo and a Bison?

A: A Buffalo is a large bovine creature that roams the North American plains, and
{start thick Australian Accent} a Bison is what an Australian washes 'is 'ands in.

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At one point in our trip to Yellowstone last week, were were literally surrounded by a herd of Bison - we were at the end of a cul-de-sac and they came from behind so we could not move out of the way. All I could think of was:

a) Madeleine (my 10 year old daughter) please don't pet the nice Bison and
b) How am I going to explain this to the bodyshop guys and my insurance company...

I'm pleased to report we escaped unscathed. We did, however, see two other tow vehicles that had been totaled in separate collisions with Bison. Drive slow and be alert!
Hi,

I remember as a boy scout camping on Catalina Island, where buffalo roam freely, and being awoken by a strange breathing sound one night under a star filled sky and opened my eyes to see a buffalo snout mere inches from my head, fortunately, he (or she) determined that my hair wasn't grass and moved on. For my part, I just laid there in my sleeping bag unable to move out of wonder.

I'm glad that you that you had the experience, even if it was a little nerve racking, but even gladder that nothing that needed explaining happened.

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Old 07-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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A friend of mine from Bozeman said a local bar he used to frequent had a pool ($$) where everyone bet on the day the first tourist would get smashed by a buffalo (bison) in Yellowstone. Way more buffalo incidents than bear incidents up there.

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