Watch: Two Male Bison Smash Heads on Yellowstone Road

by Caroline Bynum

Yellowstone National Park released a video on their Twitter of two male bison ramming into each other on Yellowstone Road, as cars watched on. 

The tweet, that has racked in nearly 900 thousand views, informed people that bison mating season is still occurring, meaning the animals are more likely to be aggressive. Yellowstone’s tweet noted to “always keep your distance,” encouraging people to stay 25 yards away from bison when exploring. The animals are large and agile, making them an extreme danger to encounter in close proximity. 

Earlier this summer at Yellowstone, an elderly woman was flung into the air by a bison. She had advanced within 10 feet of a bison on park grounds and left unconscious briefly after hitting the ground.

According to the National Park Service, bison are the largest mammal in North America. Male bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They can run up to 35 miles per hour, making the large animals even more of a danger. On their site, NPS also gave a node to Yellowstone National park, saying, it “is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times.” 

Following the tweet of the head-butting bison, Yellowstone continued sharing bison facts. The account posted more about the animal’s breeding and techniques used by the bull bison. According to the tweet, a male smells the pheromones of a female to determine whether or not she is ready to breed. 

Yellowstone reported 955,645 visitors in July 2020, a two percent increase from July 2019. Overall though, the amount of visitors has gone down this year, dropping 27.5% from reports the same time last year.