Risk assessment on Yellowstone bison could delay transfer

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park captured video of a misbehaving tourist provoking a bison into charging at him. She then spotted a man trying to approach the animal.

As it turns out, the man was able to evade the bison's second charge, and shortly thereafter, the large animal can be seen walking away.

The man was not injured but the encounter taken by Lindsey Jones is gaining a lot of attention.

The man's "behavior in this video is reckless, dangerous, and illegal", Wenk said.

"I can't watch", one bystander is heard saying. As of Thursday afternoon, it had been viewed on Q2 more than 29,000 times.

Reinke had spent the night of July 28 in the Teton County Jail after being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, according to a press release.

In a warning message on the National Park Service's official website for Yellowstone National Park, it says, "Wild animals are unpredictable and risky".

"We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest".

Officials said Reinke had been visiting several national parks over the weekend. The animals can reportedly run three times faster than people, and are considered unpredictable, because they're, well, wild.

Earlier this year a woman from California was gored by a bison.

The National Park Service advises that visitors "always remain" at least 100 yards (about 90 metres) from bears or wolves, and at least 25 yards (20 metres) away from all other wildlife.

"People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else", said park superintendent Dan Wenk.

  • Rogelio Becker