Yellowstone tourists put bison calf in vehicle, thought it was ‘freezing and dying’

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A father and a son visiting from another country put a baby bison in the back of their SUV at Yellowstone National Park and drove it to the park ranger station.

EastIdahoNews.com reported the two told rangers they believed the bison was “freezing and dying.”

“They were demanding to speak with a ranger,” said Karen Richardson, who was chaperoning fifth-graders on a trip to the park. “They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.”

Another parent told the two to remove the bison from the vehicle.

“They didn’t care,” Rob Heusevelet told EastIdahoNews.com. “They sincerely thought they were doing a service and helping that calf by trying to save it from the cold.”

The rangers took the bison back to where it was found and the tourists were issued a citation. Another tourist snapped a photo of the bison in the vehicle.

Rangers said people should stay at least 25 yards from bison.

Richardson took a photo of the bison and posted it to Facebook.

 

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