Herd of Bison Captured on Camera Swimming Across River in Yellowstone

by Jennifer Shea
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Paul Stinson was vacationing in Yellowstone National Park when he stumbled across an incredible find. The Texas resident happened upon a herd of bison fording a river, Yahoo! Entertainment reported. And Stinson was ready with his camera.

As the bison crossed the river, he recorded it all and saved it to upload online. The noises of the bison can be heard in the background of the video.

In a Facebook post, Stinson described the scene as “one of the best videos I have ever shot.” Additionally, he adds that he was “in the right place at the right time.” (Click here for the video.)

Bison are also known as buffalo. The animal’s population has dropped significantly due to hunting and it now exists mainly in small protected pockets of land. Yellowstone visitors are asked to stay at least 25 yards away from the bison.

Moreover, this is not the first run-in that bison have had with humans in Yellowstone. Just this week, two brothers appeared in federal court in Yellowstone, accused of harassing the bison, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Park officials said people had been riding motorcycles in a field near the bison.

In June, a bison gored a woman who had gotten within 10 feet of it, according to the Chronicle. She had to be flown by helicopter to an Idaho hospital. And in May, a bison knocked over a woman near Old Faithful. The park’s emergency staff treated her on-site.

However, Stinson avoided their fate. He was lucky enough to observe the herd of bison at a safe distance.

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