I spent a couple of days in Yellowstone again this week, because I knew the bison were calving, and I wanted to have a chance to watch the antics of the little orange calves before the summer crowds arrive. I hadn’t remembered, though, how feisty last year’s calves can be. It’s as if the older siblings are showing off for the little ones.
The group I was watching crossed the road, and headed down to the Lamar River, which is flowing pretty fast right now. The herd started crossing, and I started taking a movie. I was so engrossed in watching the mothers and calves struggling to get across the river that I forgot that there were still bison up near me. This next clip shows what happens when you’re surprised by a bison that gets too close.
This would have been a great video if I hadn’t had to dash back to the safety of the car. As it is, it’s simply a cautionary tale – pay attention when you’re surrounded by big animals!
It was a grand evening – a storm rolled through the Lamar Valley, and the shadows, sunlight, clouds, and rainbows were incredible.
Love the video of the buffalo that scared you! Everytime I go to Yellowstone I see crazy tourists get much too close to the bison. They are very ornery! I was running on a trail in South Dakota once and ran up over a rise to come face to face with a grazing buffalo. He was not happy to see me. I slowly backed up and sprinted back to the car once I was out of sight.
Two more months till I’m in Jackson Hole/Yellowstone for my daughter’s wedding! Can’t wait!
I was only about 10 feet from the car – but that wouldn’t have mattered if he was in a mood to get me. It snowed three inches the morning I left – I trust that won’t be happening for you in two months!
You know, it snowed once in early July when we were there and we got some great photos of bison with snow on their backs. Since it snows so seldom down here, my kids were in heaven. I’ve never been in the park so late in the summer. I will miss seeing the trout jumping up the rapids.
Wow, that’s really beautiful! I love those bison. While I have to say I love a good bison burger they’re really awesome animals and I’d be super thrilled to see them one day in the wild. I think you just made Yellowstone my new dream destination…
That’s wonderful. You’d love it, I know.
Awesome! I love when the babies are playing frisky like that. Great footage.
Thanks for sharing the video of them playing! Every time I have seen them they are just standing still so you don’t really realize how quick they can be for being so large.
They really were in a mood that evening. Maybe it was the rain and cool weather that got them all hepped up.