I think the headline should read “Bison Defends Itself from California Tourist at Yellowstone National Park” as the tourist approached within 10-feet of the bull. I’m glad the man was not severely injured but every visitor is handed a little flyer with a drawing of a person being thrown through the air by a bison.
Bison Attacks California Tourist at Yellowstone National Park
Local 8 News, Eastern Idaho
Bull bison weigh up to 2000 pounds and they have big pointy things on their head. I’ve seen them walk slowly up to a 5-foot fence and jump over it like a deer.
Don’t walk up to them unless you want a big hole in your leg or groin area which is where most people are gored. Most people injured by bison approach them too closely. I’ve never heard of a bison that went out of its way to attack someone.
As my friend Mike Mease always says, “if a buffalo lifts its tail then it is either going to charge or discharge”.
Here are videos of what can happen very quickly to people who approach bison too closely.