Man challenges bison in Yellowstone National Park

The gates of the soft-release area were thrown open earlier this week as the bison left the fenced pasture

The gates of the soft-release area were thrown open earlier this week as the bison left the fenced pasture

"Meanwhile in Yellowstone National Park." she wrote, along with the hashtag "#dontdrinkandbuffalo".

But the animal - which can weigh up to 2,000lb, twice as heavy as a horse - doesn't seem frightened by the man's teasing in the mobile phone clip. In the span of just under a minute, the gentleman can be seen nearly daring the bison to charge him, which it appeared to do. The video shows that the man was taunting a growling bison and was holding up traffic in Hayden Valley. "Oh God, no, no, I can't watch", she said.

As it turns out, the man was able to evade the bison's second charge, and shortly thereafter, the large animal can be seen walking away.

Herbert did not comment on whether the man could be issued a citation.

Yellowstone officials say the man's actions were "reckless, dangerous, and illegal".

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"We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife", park superintendent Dan Wenk told BNQT.

According to the National Park Service, bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. These distances safeguard both visitors and the remarkable experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals.

There is no word on whether the man has been identified or ticketed by park authorities.

He reminded visitors to dial 911 if they saw anyone who was in danger of hurting themselves or the park.

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