Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Man challenges bison in Yellowstone National Park

Man challenges bison in Yellowstone National Park

Park rangers have not yet identified the man, but say they are "actively investigating," according to a post the park made on Facebook.

A foolhardy man, apparently brimming with too much confidence and not enough sense, taunts a huge bison in Yellowstone National Park in a video that's gone viral online.

It seems the man avoided being gored because he's seen standing on the road, apparently unharmed, when Jones focuses the camera back on him.

At one point in the video the bison charges the taunter, but doesn't appear to have made contact with the man.

"Oh God, I can't watch", someone is heard saying in the video, while another person begs the man to "Get out of there!"

The video was posted by bystander Lindsey Jones on Wednesday, and has since been viewed more than 4 million times.

"The individual's behavior in this video is reckless, unsafe and illegal", a spokesman for the public affairs office of Yellowstone National Park told ABC News. The bison went after him a couple times and then carried on with what he was doing before he was bothered. He was released on bond the following day and traveled to Yellowstone National Park.

A year ago there were five bison attacks in the park. Rangers also responded to the Many Glacier Hotel because two guests were arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room.

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".

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