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Beware of buffalo on the road. Seriously, they are out in force on the road and if you are driving fast around a bend you could well come accross a whole pack of them. About a quarter of our time on the road was spent waiting for buffalo to clear so we could drive on.

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Mar 14, 2006

Beware of the Bison!

When you enter Yellowstone, you will receive a flyer stating:

Warning- Many Visitors have been gored by Buffalo. Buffalo can weigh 2000 pounds and sprint ar 30 miles per hour (three times faster than you can run). These animals may appear to be tame but are wild, unpredictable and dangerous."


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Oct 13, 2005

Do Not Approach!

The is a National Park, not a zoo or a farm! I was astonished how close people would go to the wildlife. This is their home, you are just a visitor. Please respect them! It is the animals that you are here to see, no? The rule is approach no closer to animals than 25 yards, with bears being the exception, approach no closer than 100 yards from bears.
A story I was told......Guy thinks it would make a fantastic photo for his kid to sit on a bison. Approaches bison, tries to put kid on bisons back. Kids gets hurt, Dad gets killed. One word IDIOT!
Besides humans, Bison are the most dangerous animals in the park. They are 2000 lbs. and can run way faster than you or I. One buck from them would send you flying.
A story from personal experience....A bunch of people , myself included were checking out some Bull Elk. This lady walks up to one, not even 10 feet away , turns her back and plunks down on a log so her husband can take a photo. A bunch of us were all telling her to move away from him, she hardly paid us any attention. One lady yelled "it is not a cow!" It was getting close to mating season, he could have been ornery, who knows? He was a big guy, best not to mess with him. Some people just won't take your word for it I guess. Very frustrating to watch.

Moral of the stories,be smart, be safe, be respectful and keep your distance. A good photo with your little point and shoot camera is not worth your life.

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Oct 12, 2005

Pets in Yellowstone NP

Pets are allowed in the park, and if you are nice like us, the Park Ranger will give you some doggie treats. Eventhough we are allowed in the park, there are some rules that need to be followed so that everyone has a wonderful time.

Park visitors should be able to enjoy native wildlife in their natural habitat without the disruption of pets, so having said that, here are things to be aware of:

1. Pets are prohibited in the backcountry, on trails and boardwalks.

2. Pets occasionally escape from their owners and generally lack the ability to survive in the wild.

3. Yellowstone is bear country...domestic animals (especially dogs) and bears are natural antagonists (a loose dog can lead a bear directly to you).

4. There is a strong possibility that your pet could become prey for a bear, coyote, owl or other predator.

5. There is a possibility of exchange of diseases between domestic animals and wildlife.

6. Thermal areas pose a serious threat to pets. Boiling water in pools and thermal channels can cause sever or fatal burns if your pet decides to take a drink or go for a swim.

Now we don't want to scare you, just make you aware!!! Pets may accompany you in the front country areas (this includes any areas within 100 ft. of roads, parking areas and campgrounds).

Pets must be kept under physical control at all times and if necessary may remain in your vehicle while you are viewing the attractions (be sure to provide sufficient ventilation). And one last thing, pets leave traces other than footprints, so clean up after them!!!

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Nov 03, 2004
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Example of what not to do!

You'd almost think this was a petting zoo the way these tourists behaved with this bison. I couldn't believe my eyes! After all the warnings about the dangers of approaching bison, these people were either still ignorant or being really stupid. Granted, they came off of one of those big bus tours and the Tour Guide didn't seem concerned in the least.

I was observing this bison for about 20 minutes and taking photos before the bus arrived. It was grazing next to some restrooms at the trailhead to Uncle Tom's Overlook of the Upper Falls in the Canyon area. When the bus arrived, the passengers got off and walked by the area where the bison was. The bison lifted it's head and watched intently as people went by. Several stopped to take pictures which was fine - they were still a good distance away. Then this guy walks directly towards the animal to pose for this picture. I was ready to see a goring. More people are injured and killed in Yellowstone by bison than by bears. The tour guide of the group still said nothing. Luckily, nothing happened to this guy. A few minutes later a couple of women positioned themselves in front of the bison - also just a few paces away and turned their back on it. I guess that didn't really matter because if the bison had charged they couldn't have outrun it. Bison can sprint at 30 mph!

worldtrekker's Profile Photo
Sep 04, 2004

LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER...there's a buffelo there!

Have u ever imagined what it would be like to
have a face to face incounter with a angry buffelo ?
welp .... most chances are , that if u do , u wont live to tell about it on VIRTUAL TOURIS !!!
hmmm..well most chances ....
i for example , am still alive and kicking.... meybe because god likes me .... or meybe the buffelo i met was a gay / pacifist / blind buffelo not sure yet ....
but serously ... dont trust the gods on this one ... be carfull ..... this park has more buffelo's then ants ....
they are everywhere.... and it no myth , they DO attack visitors ....
dont play with your luck ...

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Nov 22, 2003


There is a plethora of wildlife all over Yellowstone. Nobody who visits here can complain about not seeing any animals. However, one must be cautious while observing many animals, especially bears, bison, and elk. Dangerous incidents aren't very common, but can happen at any time, especially when people venture too close. Respect the animals in the park and try not to interfere with their environment. Enjoy their presence from a distance, binoculars are great!

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Aug 06, 2003

The wildlife can be dangerous

The wildlife is amazing. There are herds of buffalo, elk, deer, ... . But the animal that really seems to get everyone's attention is the bear. Cars stop whereever they are -- in the middle of the road and people get out to gaze at the bear. It's amazing how quickly a park ranger appears to get people back in their cars and on their way again.

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Apr 24, 2003

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Wildlife... means.. "Wild"

Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely. Approaching on foot within 100 yards (91 m) of bears or within 25 yards (23 m) of other wildlife is prohibited. Please use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal's natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close

All of Yellowstone is bear country. Bears may appear tolerant of people but are known to attack without warning. Do not approach bears! Feeding wildlife is unlawful. Never leave food or garbage unattended. To decrease the likelihood of personal injury, store all food and cooking utensils in a secure place. Backcountry use may be restricted in some areas to reduce human related impacts on bears in high density grizzly bear habitat.

Make bears aware of your presence on trails by making loud noises such as shouting or singing. This lessens the chance of sudden encounters, which are the cause of most bear-caused human injuries in the park. Hike in groups and use caution where vision is obstructed.

* Do not hike after dark.
* Avoid carcasses; bears often defend this
source of food.

If you encounter a bear, do not run. Bears can run over 30 miles per hour, or 44 feet per second, faster than Olympic sprinters. Running may elicit an attack from otherwise non-aggressive bears. If the bear is unaware of you, detour away from the bear. If the bear is aware of you and nearby, but has not acted aggressively, slowly back away.

Tree climbing to avoid bears is popular advice but not very practical in many circumstances. All black bears, all grizzly cubs, and some adult grizzlies can climb trees. Running to a tree may provoke an otherwise uncertain bear to chase you.

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Apr 20, 2003

Extreme Caution

Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely. Approaching on foot within 100 yards (91 m) of bears or within 25 yards (23 m) of other wildlife is prohibited. Please use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal's natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close!

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Feb 26, 2003

And don't forget the bisons....

And don't forget the bisons.... how did I get out of there alive???

Many thanks for these cartoons to the official newspaper of Yellowstone National Park 'The Yellowstone Today'.

sim1's Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2003

Be Aware - Wildlife is Wild

A bear sow with cubs or a free-roving buffalo is liable to be your worst nightmare if you come too close. For that matter anything with horns can do a lot of damage to your person, and anything that customarily weighs 2,000 pounds can have a terrible influence on your car.

Be sure to give all animals in Yellowstone a wide berth. Don't even feed peanuts to the squirrels. Keep wildlife wild.

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Dec 27, 2002

Things To Do Near Yellowstone National Park

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Mt. Washburn

We started out in mid-morning. Reached the top and enjoyed a picnic lunch looking over the park. We noticed clouds to the west, so we started down. Halfway back, it started to snow (few flakes), but...
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Grand Canyon

Very impressive canyon of the Yellowstone River that runs through the eastern part of the park. It's up to 4,000 feet wide, stretches for 24 miles and 1,200 feet deep at its deepest. It sits just...
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Tower Falls

I really wish they would fix the path to the base of the falls. For now it is not worth walking down the path as it is closed before you can get to the base, and you cannot see the falls from any part...
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Yellowstone Lake

This huge lake is in the southeast part of the park is formed by the inflow of the Yellowstone river. From here you can boat, fish, and swim. Its the largest body of water in the park covering 136 sq...
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Mammoth Hot Springs

In Mammoth the primary rock is limestone. You will see both active and inactive travertine terraces. These terraces are in continual change, old ones become inactive, and inactive ones may once again...
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Getting to Yellowstone National Park


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