Yellowstone Bison Attack

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 27th, 2010

One does wonder if the first recorded attack on a human by a Bigfoot will be posted on YouTube after a human throws a rolled newspaper at the creature?

See the video here, here or here.

“Bison May Have Been Provoked. …”
July 26, 2010

Yellowstone National Parks officials are investigating whether a recent bson attack on a woman was provoked, either because she got too close, while videotaping the animal, or because something was thrown at it.

The woman, whose run in with the animal was caught on the video she was shooting at the time, was in violation of park rules requiring visitors to keep a safe distance from wildlife, officials said.

Cathy Hayes of Farr West, Utah was filming a bull bison last week, when the animal grew agitated and gave chase. Hayes has estimated that she and a friend were within 35 feet of the bison when it charged.

Hayes, who suffered injuries to her thigh, knee and foot, has recounted the encounter in harrowing terms [on national television].

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

14 Responses to “Yellowstone Bison Attack”

  1. Thylacine Escapade responds:

    This a very surprising piece. As I watched it, I first thought the thrown item was skin falling off of the bison. But throwing something at it was a stupid idea, they knew it would attack them. They just weren’t being smart at the time! People are becoming more clueless everyday!

  2. Steleheart responds:

    Doesn’t surprise me, sadly. She KNEW their actions were risky, yet there is something naive in people today. Somehow they think wildlife should conform to their view of harmless stuffies at the foot of their bed, or cartoons that teach them something their parents can’t teach.
    I will bet anything this woman will blame the park staff.
    Just watch.

  3. MountDesertIslander responds:

    I live on the outskirts of Acadia National Park. Every summer there are stories of people walking off of cliffs, being swept off the rocks by waves, or hiking the Precipice trail in flip-flops.

    Seems people in modern societies have no respect for nature and the frailty of human life.

    What is most galling of all is that she sits there like a victim recounting some heroic tale of survival. That family was lucky to come out of that encounter without a fatality.

  4. MattBille responds:

    Why on Earth does doing someting idiotically dangerous get one on television?
    This reportedly happens with moose: people assume that, if looks goofy, it’s harmless. That’s like expecting a Jurassic Park tyrannosaurus to act like Barney. Insane. Yet rangers sometimes have to stop people from putting their childred next to grizzly bears for photo-ops.
    As to sasquatch, a large ape is likewise a dangerous wild animal, even if it becomes somewhat acclimated. Gorillas are certainly not naturally aggressive towards humans, but an escapee at the Dallas Zoo once injured three people.
    Wild is wild. True story: I called on a PR acqauintance at the Indianapolis Zoo to assist me with a jacket photo for my first book. They said I could enter an exhibit with either a turtle or a lizard, and I picked a Cuban ground iguana. Stupid lizard lunged out and bit me hard on the chin. The photographer (who doubled as my daughter’s caregiver) freaked out. Fortunately, she’d already gotten the picture. The zoo people asked repeatedly if I was going to sue them. I had to keep saying, of course not, it wasn’t a pet, and you were doing me the favor. Apparently I just violated its personal space, or something.
    WIld is wild.

  5. Gebooka responds:

    Bison MAY Have Been Provoked
    Bison Has Been Provoked
    the dame had it coming
    in the name of Entertainment
    thank god for stupid people

    was she going for an Darvin Award ??

  6. MrInspector responds:

    Why do people think that our National Parks and Forests are amusement parks? These are wild animals not animatronics! If I’m not mistaken, aren’t there signs everywhere in the park advising you not to approach the wildlife? And she’s playing the victim here? I wish we could sterilize stupid people. You know, sort of like a skimmer for the gene pool.

  7. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    Ok, I just had to comment on this one. I watched the video and it is blatantly obvious that whatever was thrown at the bison is what set it off. MattBille asked a good question at the beginning of his comments. “Why on Earth does doing something idiotically dangerous get one on television?” I have one of I am sure many answers to this question. This sort of moronic behavior finds its way on national television because the producers know there are millions of idiots out there that watch this kind of stuff and actually feel sorry for the person in the video. These are the same people that believe reality shows are real.
    I do not know how anyone can watch this video without becoming angry at what happens. They need to find the moron that threw the object at the bison and fine him or her and make them do community service for the park. This mandatory service should provide them with reality of reality not the crap they watch on TV. As for the woman, I do not feel sorry for her at all. She put herself in that situation. No one made her do it. They are damn lucky that their extremely poor judgment did not get someone killed.
    One more observation, if you notice the idiot that threw the item at the bison is not the person the bison attacked. This is typical. Sadly this type of person tends to get others people hurt more often than they hurt themselves.

  8. shumway10973 responds:

    Couple of things here:
    1)Bison are very nearsighted. She had to get that close and even throw something before it knew she was there. The bison didn’t know what it was attacking. It was fighting for its life. I don’t have the ability to see it properly with my old computer, but this doesn’t surprise me.
    2)My ex-father-in-law is retired from the forest services. He did a little time in Yellowstone. He said he stopped several people from handing their children over to the bears for a “cute” picture. With all the educational everything out there, one has to wonder what has happened to people today. Therefore, this woman got what she deserved, just for getting that close to a wild animal. “Ma’am, there is such a thing as zooming in on most video cameras.”

    An attack by sasquatch? There was a horror flick in the ’70’s that had a pretty good representation, though I think that was suppose to be a werewolf (I don’t remember). I just remember 2 people sleeping outside in the mummy sleeping bags. One gets really scared and tries hopping away, but is picked up by the creature and thrown (a sideways flipping motion) into a tree or something. Bloody, down feathers everywhere.

  9. jethomp responds:

    shumway10973, you may be thinking of the outdoor classic, Grizzly. I believe two hikers met their end in that manner.

  10. korollocke responds:

    The film in question was Prophecy, it dealt with mutations due to mercuy. The beastie was a mutant bear.

  11. smilingbounder responds:

    Yes, that was Prophecy. Classic 70’s b-horror flick.

    That scene you guys are talking about is a laugh riot. *SMACK* *BOOOSH!* down feathers explode everywhere. Hahaha.

  12. Michael X responds:

    Went out to Jackson, Wyoming in January and did a snowmobiling day-trip through Yellowstone. During one of the stops, when it was remarked to our guide “I bet you’ve seen it all!”, he told us about a father picking up his 6 year-old son and walking towards a bison. The idiot’s intention was to put the kid on the bison’s back so he could take a picture of it. The man got within 15 feet of the animal before the guide yelled at him to stop and back away. Darwin Award moment averted!

  13. tropicalwolf responds:

    Darn, the bison missed cleaning up the gene pool by mere inches…

  14. DWA responds:

    This is what happens when the bloodthirstiest animal on the planet gets butted back.

    Wonder what that bison would think about the “innocent” hamburger a couple of those “innocent” folks no doubt had some time that day or the next?

    Beyond a point, no land management agency can make wild country safer for “innocent-iots.” If it’s bigger than you, you take things – including blame – into your own hands coming closer to it, for any reason.

    I remember one time in Wind Cave National Park, a fellow tourist and I were hanging over our car doors at a pullout, watching a small band of bison move toward us. He was trim, fit, had the build of a marathoner. I’m not the least spry of individuals myself. He turns to me and says something like, good thing we’re faster than they are. I think: buddy, if they get the notion, we won’t be fully turned around before they’re running up our backs.

    If you accept the risks of unfenced nature, welcome to the national parks.

    If you don’t: well, we can’t help the bison. But at least don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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