Man Arrested After Allegedly Kicking Bison at Yellowstone National Park

Man Arrested After Allegedly Kicking Bison at Yellowstone National Park

On April 21st, a man reportedly kicked a bison near Seven Mile Bridge, approximately seven miles from the park’s entrance. The man then found himself injured by one of the animals.

This incident marks the first reported encounter of its kind at Yellowstone this year, although such incidents are not uncommon. Each year, park officials encounter cases of tourists getting too close to wild animals, often resulting in injuries.

Yellowstone, with its vast wilderness and diverse wildlife, attracts millions of visitors annually, but this allure also comes with inherent risks when encountering animals in their natural habitat.

The recent episode involving the bison recalls similar incidents from previous years. In July 2023, a 47-year-old woman from Arizona was gored by a bison during mating season, emphasizing the importance of respecting the animals’ space and behavior.

In another alarming incident in 2022, a woman was tossed into the air and gored by a bison near the Old Faithful geyser after approaching the animal too closely.

In the case of the man who kicked the bison, identified as Clarence Yoder, 40, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, authorities swiftly intervened.

Yoder was arrested in Yellowstone, Montana, on charges including disorderly conduct, approaching wildlife, disturbing wildlife, and intoxication endangering oneself. His companion, 37-year-old McKenna Bass, also from Idaho Falls, faced charges of drunk driving, failure to yield, and disturbing wildlife.

Both individuals pleaded not guilty in court, but the incident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of adhering to park regulations and guidelines.

The National Park Service emphasizes the need for visitors to maintain a safe distance from wildlife, recommending staying at least 25 yards away from large animals like bison, elk, and moose.

When encountering bears and wolves, visitors are advised to keep a distance of at least 100 yards for their safety.

This article by Trinity Sparke was first published by One Green Planet on 2 May 2024. Image Credit :O.S. Fisher/Shutterstock.

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