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Tourists Put Bison Calf in SUV, Saying It Was Cold

Destination & Tourism | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 15, 2016

Tourists Put Bison Calf in SUV, Saying It Was Cold

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A father and son visiting Yellowstone National Park on Monday apparently thought a baby bison was too cold and put the animal in their SUV, East Idaho News reported.

Karen Richardson of Victor, Idaho, told the newspaper that she was chaperoning a group of fifth-graders on a field trip to Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone when the father and son drove up with the calf in their vehicle.

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“They were demanding to speak with a ranger,” Richardson told East Idaho News. “They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.”

Another parent told the men to remove the calf from the vehicle, but they did not listen, the newspaper reported. Law enforcement rangers soon showed up and ticketed the tourists. Then they followed the two as they drove the bison back to where he was found and released him back into the wild.

READ MORE: Dispatch: Wildlife Viewing in Lamar Valley at Yellowstone

According to the National Park Service website, visitors to Yellowstone must stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, such as bison. The website also says bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run, and visitors have been gored and killed by the massive creatures.

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