Bison calf harassed by tourists – because why not?
In a move that surprises no one, two genius humans recently decided to harass a bison calf at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Because who wouldn’t want to get up close and personal with a wild animal many times their size?
National Park Service rangers are now on the hunt for these two pillars of society, who were caught on camera touching the poor innocent creature. Seriously, if you’re going to act like an idiot in public, at least try not to get caught.
Rules? Who needs ’em
Of course, there are actual rules against harassing wildlife – including keeping your distance from bison calves as they can become rejected by their herd due to human interference. But hey, why follow rules when you can be a reckless moron instead?
Wild animals + entitled humans = never ends well
<p around this kind of thing that "well-meaning intentions" inspire people to intervene when they see lost or stranded wildlife (a.k.a "if I don't take matters into my own hands it won't end well for them".) But guess what? It never ends well for anyone involved.
In fact, the reverse is often true: involving yourself in a situation like this just puts everyone at risk, including the animal. Bison calves don’t need your help – they have their herd and if you’d only let nature do its thing, everything would probably turn out fine.
Ignorance isn’t always bliss
It’s unclear what kind of punishment these two tourists could face because frankly, stupidity isn’t illegal (yet). Just remember that getting too close to bison – or any other wildlife – can be dangerous for both parties. These animals aren’t here to entertain us on our vacations; they’re living creatures who deserve respect and space.
- If you see a bison calf alone, leave it alone – chances are it’s not abandoned but left there by its mother while she grazes nearby
- If a dangerous wild animal starts coming towards you then run and quietly scream AWAY from them until they lose interest (just kidding! Please don’t actually do that.)
- Please follow park regulations so officials and rangers don’t get more paperwork because of your actions(they already have enough to deal with, trust us).
- If you don’t respect nature and its creatures then you shouldn’t be allowed in national parks at all. Just go take a selfie somewhere else.