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(NBC Montana)   Three days into the virus-shortened Yellowstone Dumbass League 2020 season, and it's already Bison 1 - Idiot Tourists 0   (nbcmontana.com) divider line
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2020-05-21 8:10:51 AM  

Bob Down: What's with all the bison and buffalo injuries lately? We're supposed to get locusts next.


It's early in the season, but the Murder Hornets have moved into the lead in the Nature League West.
 
2020-05-21 8:30:56 AM  
We went to Yellowstone last summer.  Had a great time.  We were near Old Faithful on July 15th and saw this lone molting bison, minding his own business well off the trail (took this with a 600 mm zoom):

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Exactly a week later, on July 22, this happened:

Girl Tossed Into Air by Charging Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park
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Here's a screen grab:

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If you look at the tuft of long hair on the bison's left front haunch, as well as the longer hair that hasn't molted off the top of his back yet, it's the exact same bison we'd seen a week earlier.  Except we were smart enough to keep our kids a couple hundred yards away from him.

/why yes, I *do* feel superior
 
2020-05-21 8:44:15 AM  
All the way back in '78 when i visited the park with my family I vividly recall the ranger telling a story of an "incident" they'd had just a few weeks earlier, wherein a tourist decided the perfect memento of his trip would be a picture of his infant son nestled on the head of a bison between its horns.

Amazingly, the bison actually let him approach, and even put the child on his head without balking, But anyone who may recall 70's photographic technology will recall Flashbulbs and the way they made a crackling "pop" as they discharged their VERY bright light.

This the bison did NOT tolerate. At all.   The good news is that the child rolled safely off the Bison's head and landed in a heap of cow patties and was unharmed.   The photographer? Not so much.  A bison weighs about the same as a small car and get above 25 mph when charging, sooo
 
2020-05-21 8:45:56 AM  
We should all know by now that Darwin never sleeps...
 
2020-05-21 9:06:04 AM  
Jesus Christ, people.

DON'T F*CK WITH WILD ANIMALS.

They are called "WILD" animals for a reason.
 
2020-05-21 9:06:20 AM  

born_yesterday: See, this would never happen to me. I have a special connection with nature.  The animals can sense my essence and we would become fast friends...


... on Facebook
 
2020-05-21 9:25:27 AM  
My father sent this book to my brother the Park Ranger, because on top of all the other difficulties he has with people who speak English not following the signs, it becomes significantly harder when they speak very little or no English.

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/Does not come in a Hungarian version.
 
2020-05-21 10:54:12 AM  
Sounds like it just pushed her out of it's face since it didn't gore or trample.
People are idiots, news at 11.

There are similar warnings/occurrences with the Roosevelt elk in the PNW. For some reason people think that since they are in a park, that this animal wants to be pet. The same size as bison, better weaponry and apparently not nearly as patient...

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Would you walk up to that thing with a handful of cornnuts?
 
2020-05-21 11:01:13 AM  

Percise1: Sounds like it just pushed her out of it's face since it didn't gore or trample.
People are idiots, news at 11.

There are similar warnings/occurrences with the Roosevelt elk in the PNW. For some reason people think that since they are in a park, that this animal wants to be pet. The same size as bison, better weaponry and apparently not nearly as patient...

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Would you walk up to that thing with a handful of cornnuts?


Elk generally are not very aggressive, unless you catch the bulls in the rut (as this one in your picture appears to be). The most dangerous of this kind of animal are generally moose.  Especially those that have calves.
 
2020-05-21 11:10:26 AM  

Moniker o' Shame: Ah gees, guys.  I do not know.  Are bison really worth the money?  They seem like more of a trendy thing than anything else.  My experience with bison is that they are leaner than cows, but taste about the same.  Presumably they are not pumped full of hormones and crap from day one, so the bison lead in those two areas.  My bottom line is that bison meat is a lot more expensive than beef is while tasting about the same so to hell with the bison.


Bison makes the best burgers, hands down, no question, discussion over.

Seriously, I'll bet I've cooked an order of magnitude more burgers than the next 10 responders combined.
I've got 85/15 grass fed beef, 85/15 "organic" beef and 90/10 bison in the fridge... the bison for burgers, the grass fed will probably be a chili of some sort, and the "organic" will be seasoned for taco meat.

The Bison costs about $8/lb, maybe 20% more than the grass fed beef, but that still means I can make 1/2lb  Uberburgers™ for about $6 each, 1/3lb Uberburgers™ for about $4.50 each. If that's breaking the bank, I don't want to be you. Of all the things to spend money on, quality food should be in the top 5... it goes a long way.
 
2020-05-21 11:28:19 AM  

HeadLever: Percise1: Sounds like it just pushed her out of it's face since it didn't gore or trample.
People are idiots, news at 11.

There are similar warnings/occurrences with the Roosevelt elk in the PNW. For some reason people think that since they are in a park, that this animal wants to be pet. The same size as bison, better weaponry and apparently not nearly as patient...

[blog.hankchristensen.com image 850x566]

Would you walk up to that thing with a handful of cornnuts?

Elk generally are not very aggressive, unless you catch the bulls in the rut (as this one in your picture appears to be). The most dangerous of this kind of animal are generally moose.  Especially those that have calves.


Yes, agreed, and at that point they are quite dangerous, yet some people think it is a good idea to walk up to one which literally looks down at you. Seems like every year I read an article or two about someone doing their impression of a shish kabob or being ground into fertilizer.
Moosi I have no experience with, but my attitude is that virtually any wild critter 40lbs or more can, generally speaking, tear your ass off and hand it back to you. When you are talking about something 5-10x your mass (assuming 200lb), that critter can do the same almost by accident, and certainly without any real effort.
I respect nature and it's inhabitants.
 
2020-05-21 11:29:01 AM  

Percise1: Of all the things to spend money on, quality food should be in the top 5... it goes a long way.


It all ends up as shiat anyway.
 
2020-05-21 12:12:26 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: GO BISON!
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Although pain in the asp beat me to it. First thing that came to mind.


Oh man, fursuit fail.  It was almost good, too, but they went with the worst possible way to do give the fursuiter someplace to see out of.
 
2020-05-21 12:12:54 PM  

Percise1: Bison makes the best burgers, hands down, no question, discussion over.


I haven't cooked many bison burgers but I've eaten quite a few, and this has not been my experience. I like the flavor, but the fat content is too low and they've always been a bit bland. Do you just prefer bison as is, or do you add some magic to it?
 
2020-05-21 12:13:16 PM  

Jake Havechek: In Colorado I was once about 30 yards away from a small herd of buffalo which is about as close as you want to get.  The key is to stay a still as possible and hope the bull hasn't seen you and perceived you as a threat.  Or it's in a bad mood that day.


30 yards is about 20 closer than I wanna chance.
 
2020-05-21 1:17:39 PM  

GloomCookie613: EmmaLou: Moniker o' Shame: Ah gees, guys.  I do not know.  Are bison really worth the money?  They seem like more of a trendy thing than anything else.  My experience with bison is that they are leaner than cows, but taste about the same.  Presumably they are not pumped full of hormones and crap from day one, so the bison lead in those two areas.  My bottom line is that bison meat is a lot more expensive than beef is while tasting about the same so to hell with the bison.

I love bison. Bison burgers were a thing at the SD state fair when I was growing up, well before it was commercially available in many stores. It was leaner and when grilled tasted better to me than beef. If you want another good beef-like meat camel is pretty good, too.

I find bison meat too sweet.


It's like teriyaki steak straight off the bovine!
 
2020-05-21 1:26:09 PM  

HeadLever: Percise1: Sounds like it just pushed her out of it's face since it didn't gore or trample.
People are idiots, news at 11.

There are similar warnings/occurrences with the Roosevelt elk in the PNW. For some reason people think that since they are in a park, that this animal wants to be pet. The same size as bison, better weaponry and apparently not nearly as patient...

[blog.hankchristensen.com image 850x566]

Would you walk up to that thing with a handful of cornnuts?

Elk generally are not very aggressive, unless you catch the bulls in the rut (as this one in your picture appears to be). The most dangerous of this kind of animal are generally moose.  Especially those that have calves.


Some of the most brutal animal combat I've seen is a grizzly bear versus moose.
 
2020-05-21 2:00:02 PM  

Gyrfalcon: GrogSmash: OK So Amuse Me: I worked Cattle on ranches for 25 years and I know to be on guard 100% of the time, sometimes they aren't 'coming to get you' they may be 'getting away from an arse whipping' from another Bull but you are trampled no less. Wild animals are farking wild animals and wanting to touch something wild just because it's there is pretty dammed stupid. I bet she'd be a hoot at a Rattlesnake Roundup. . .o.O

Worked on a farm for a number of years as well.  If I knew there was a bull in the field, regardless of where the herd was, I wouldn't voluntarily enter it without a spotter (preferably armed).

It's amazing how every time you look up, that damned bull is another 10-15 yards closer, but completely ignoring you...

And damn, those things are big.

A fully-testicled bull is to a steer as a container ship is to a paddleboard.


I can't comment on anywhere other than SE New Mexico in terms of breed preference* but there are lots of Angus/Brangus and Herefords, they are more popular around here than any other breed with lots of crossbreeds as well. But neither of those breeds are small. A few ranchers have Limousin (pronounced exactly like the auto Limousine) and Charolais (pronounced shar-lay) cattle and damn, those bulls are farking huge!

Some breeds are more aggressive and it can be just individual animals too but they don't watch out for you or try to avoid you out of any courtesy. You don't really mess with the stock animals daily and even though you are around them often they aren't pets and need to be treated as the semi-wild critters that they are. They can hurt or kill you without really meaning to. The dangers are exponentially greater when you are talking about a wild critter.

*I'm not counting any breeds used in the Dairy industry though.
 
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