A father and son have come under criticism and received a fine afterputting a baby bison in their car while on a field trip to Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone park.After seeing the calf alone, they became worried it wascold and lost. But instead of bringingit to the attention of the park’s rangers, they managed to bundle it into the back of their SUV.
Karen Richardson found the man with the “kidnapped”calf and uploaded a photograph to Facebook, with the caption Dear tourists: the bison calf is not cold and it is not lost. Put it back!
She told EastIdahoNews.com: “They were demanding to speak with a ranger. They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.”
Although perhaps an innocent mistake, law enforcement rangers gave the man a ticket for his misguided efforts. According to the National Park Service website, they rightly advise all visitors to avoid the wildlife and remain at least 25 yards (22 meters)away from large animals such as bison. They go on to say that these unpredictable and powerful animals have been responsible for many injuries and even deaths in recent years.
Luckily for the little bison, rangers led it back to where it was discovered and released it.
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