Investigation Launched into Bison Calf Harassment by Two at Grand Teton National Park

June 15, 2023
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park rangers are seeking two individuals who allegedly harassed a bison calf.

At Grand Teton National Park, the park rangers are seeking two individuals who allegedly harassed a bison calf. The incident occurred in the Elk Ranch Flat area of Wyoming on June 4, according to park officials. Currently, the park rangers are investigating the incident and are requesting information from visitors who were in the area. As stated by park officials, interference by people can lead to wildlife rejecting their offerings. In this case, fortunately, the bison calf was reunited with its herd. Interactions like these, unfortunately, often result in euthanizing the animal. After a similar incident involving a baby bison, Yellowstone National Park previously urged visitors to respect safety regulations. In order to ensure their well-being and survival, the park officials emphasized the importance of maintaining a safe distance from wildlife.

Visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards away from all wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Rather than approaching or disturbing them, park officials advise using binoculars or other optical equipment for viewing wildlife. Feeding wildlife, including birds, squirrels, bears, and foxes, is illegal and can have negative consequences for both animals and visitors. Anyone with relevant information is encouraged to contact the park’s tip line, as the incident at Grand Teton National Park is under investigation. The safety of both visitors and wildlife depends on responsible and ethical viewing practices. As they are wild, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous, wildlife should be treated with caution and respect.

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The officials of the park stress the importance of giving wildlife the space they need to thrive. Refraining from teasing, touching, frightening, or intentionally disturbing them, visitors are urged to keep a safe distance from wildlife. The Grand Teton incident occurred less than a month after a similar disturbance involving a newborn bison calf at Yellowstone National Park. According to a park official, visitors getting too close to wildlife is a common occurrence at Yellowstone. In North America, Yellowstone National Park offers some of the best wildlife viewing. Prompting the park to call for better protection of wildlife, some visitor actions have recently led to the endangerment and death of wildlife. Visitors are urged to understand how their actions can negatively impact wildlife and take steps to protect them.

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