Baby Bison Killed After Yellowstone Visitor Helped the Animal

The park says the baby was rejected by its herd

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Yellowstone National Park says it killed a new born bison after a visitor helped it cross a river in a rescue effort which resulted in its herd rejecting it.

According to parks officials, the abandoned calf was rejected by its herd despite several attempts by park rangers to reunite them. The calf had been separated from its mother when the herd crossed a river in a northern section of the park on Saturday, said the Park.

The man in an attempt to rescue the animal, had pushed it up the river and onto the roadway. “Interference by people can cause wildlife to reject their offspring”, said Yellowstone in a new release. “In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the calf with the herd. These efforts failed.”

Park staff had to kill the calf after all efforts failed because “it was abandoned by the herd and causing a hazardous situation by approaching cars and people along the roadway.”

The news release said people are required to stay at least 25 yards (23m) away from all wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. “The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules”, said the release.

The park officials said investigation is now going on and law enforcement are seeking information from the public on the incident.

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