Woman Takes Selfie Dangerously Close to Bison at Yellowstone

A tourist was spotted taking a selfie dangerously close to a bison at Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on May 20.

The person who recorded this video told Storyful they were in the parking lot when they spotted the woman approaching the bison. The source said they were in a "bit of disbelief.

“We felt horrible for the bison. We knew if it just inadvertently stood up, she would be gored and it would most likely have to be euthanized through no fault of its own,” the source said.

The National Park Service (NPS) warns that bison are unpredictable, and have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They advise to stay at least 25 yards from the large mammal, and to never pursue or approach them as the behavior threatens them.

According to the NPS, “animals that attack people may need to be killed,” adding that if “visitors violate rules, rangers may close roadside pullouts to protect animals and people.”

Tourists to the park have previously been seen breaching park guidance, with video from early May showing the moment two men took photos just feet from bison, and another video from last year showing a bison charging at a man who was too close. Credit: Storyful via Storyful

Video Transcript