A viral video shows a pair of motorcyclists driving dangerously close to a herd of bison at Yellowstone National Park. The video was reportedly filmed last week on September 11th.
The two motorists, brothers Dallin McAllister, 25, and Tyler McAllister, 36, pleaded not guilty after appearing in court earlier this week. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman in Yellowstone presided over the hearing, Billings Gazette reports.
The authorities charged both McAllister brothers with “operating a motor vehicle in prohibited areas and feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife.”
Ashton Hooker, a park spokeswoman, revealed that on Friday evening, the two drove off-road near Fountain Flats Drive in western Yellowstone. In the video posted online, the motorcyclists drove within several feet of a running herd of bison. Several calves can be seen in the clip.
Check out the video here.
Yellowstone National Park’s Official Protocols for Encountering Bison
On the official Yellowstone website, the national park warns about the dangers of coming to close to these massive animals. “Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal,” the website reads. “Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans. Always stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison.”
Furthermore, the park stresses the importance of staying away from all wildlife at Yellowstone. “The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be,” the website reads. “The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk.”
Earlier this month, Yellowstone experienced a severe change in weather. After recording extreme heat this summer, the park saw major snowfall on Labor Day. A video circulating on social media surfaced later that day shows a huge bison trudging through the thick snow.
[H/T Billings Gazette]