This story is a perfect example of what can happen when people think they’re doing something nice for the natural world but end up doing more harm than good.
Tourists at Yellowstone thought a Bison calf looked cold so they put it in their car. As a result, the Bison herd would no longer accept the calf and it had to be euthanized.
East Idaho News reported:
Park Service: Bison Calf Euthanized After Tourists Put It In Vehicle
In recent weeks, visitors in the park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous, and illegal behavior with wildlife. These actions endanger people and have now resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf.
Last week in Yellowstone National Park, visitors were cited for placing a newborn bison calf in their vehicle and transporting it to a park facility because of their misplaced concern for the animal’s welfare. In terms of human safety, this was a dangerous activity because adult animals are very protective of their young and will act aggressively to defend them. In addition, interference by people can cause mothers to reject their offspring. In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway…
Park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd, but these efforts failed, according to a news release issued Monday morning. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.
Here’s a video report:
Sad for the calf but our park rangers know what they’re doing.
Hopefully these tourists won’t do anything like that again.