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Help Yellowstone rangers find this man for baby bison abuse

Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are asking the public for information about an incident that occurred on the evening of May 20 between an unidentified man and a newborn bison calf in the park’s northeast corner. The incident where the man intentionally disturbed the calf resulted in the animal’s death.

An unidentified white male in his 40s to 50s, wearing a blue shirt and black pants, approached a newborn bison calf in Lamar Valley near the confluence of the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek. The calf had been separated from its mother when the herd crossed the Lamar River. As the calf struggled, the man pushed the calf up from the river and onto the roadway. Visitors later observed the calf walk up to and follow cars and people.

Interference by people can cause wildlife to reject their offspring. In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The calf was later euthanized by park staff because it was abandoned by the herd and causing a hazardous situation by approaching cars and people along the roadway.

Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival. Park regulations require that people stay at least 25 yards away from all wildlife (including bison, elk and deer) and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Disregarding these regulations can result in fines or lead to injury and even death. The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules.

If you were in Lamar Valley on the evening of May 20, 2023, and have information that could help this investigation, please contact the Yellowstone National Park Tip Line at 307-344-2132 or YELL_Tip@nps.gov.

For more information about similar incidents (not this one in particular), read A Response To The Yellowstone Bison Incident From An Actual Wildlife Biologist from theoutbound.com.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodburyhttps://rvtravel.com
I'm the founder and publisher of RVtravel.com. I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.

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Scott Gitlin
3 days ago

I also read the response from the wildlife biologist. I understand that nature is cruel and animals die all the time. But . . . in managing this location there is a responsibility to the animals to prevent human interaction. The man made a mistake trying to be helpful through lack of knowledge. In cases like this, sanctuary solutions should already be in place – not simply euthanize due to time and expense.

John S
5 days ago

Since he was cited and fined, I would guess that his identity is known.

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Diane McGovern
5 days ago
Reply to  John S

Sorry, John. The article that was linked was actually referring to an incident from several years ago, not this one in particular. I’ve clarified that in the wording in the newsletter. I don’t think they’ve identified this person yet (at least I don’t see anything posted online about it yet). Sorry for the confusion (I was obviously confused when I added that link late last night🤔). Have a good afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

John S
5 days ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Thanks. I am easily confused…

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Diane McGovern
5 days ago
Reply to  John S

I was confused too, John. (Happens frequently to my poor old 76-year-old brain.😲) But it was very late last night, after a very long day, when I ran across that post explaining situations like this, and I didn’t read it closely enough to realize it was from several years ago. (That’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it.😉) But thank you for your comment, which made me look into it further and clarify the link in the post.👍 Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Ken
6 days ago

After reading both articles, which don’t match up by the way, I feel for this guy. The first article makes it seem like he willfully killed the animal when in fact he was trying to help it as revealed in the second article. The first Article implies that the gentleman is in big trouble with the “Law”. He interfered when he shouldn’t have. He made a mistake, but an understandable mistake. As revealed in the second article most likely the animal was going to die anyway. This should be phrased more as an opportunity for educating the rest of us not an implication that he is going to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We all fear the “Law” or Lawyers coming after us even if we’re trying to do the right thing. It keeps us from helping or assisting our fellow persons even when we should. He made a mistake, but an “honest” one.

John Macatee
6 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Yep, dammed if you do dammed if you don’t. And yes fear of the “LAW” is more a reality today than ever before, unless your part of the blm, antifa organizations, drag and or trans, …..just sayin

Stephanie
6 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Ken, the guy was trying to help wildlife which was against the posted park rules, Rules which are in place for a good reason. This article explains it well. https://www.theoutbound.com/imogene-cancellare/a-response-to-the-yellowstone-bison-incident-from-an-actual-wildlife-biologist
As for your comment about “It keeps us from helping or assisting our fellow persons even when we should.” is unrelated to helping wildlife as we are protected from liability under the “Good Samaritan Law” for helping other humans who are injured or ill.

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Diane McGovern
5 days ago
Reply to  Stephanie

That article was linked in the news item in the newsletter, because I thought it was very thorough and informative. Thanks, Stephanie. Have a good day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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