There are… So, so many things to say about this footage. Firstly, the footage hails from 2014. Ample time has passed for the poster, Miranda Dendys, to face charges by Yellowstone Nation Park Rangers over reckless endangerment on multiple fronts.
Secondly, who watches this and laughs!? The answer to this, unfortunately, is Dendys, who – along with her family – get a big kick out of watching their domestic animal charge after wild bison in Yellowstone. This poor pit bull was beyond lucky to survive this encounter, let alone be able to run back to the owner’s vehicle.
The video is a harrowing watch, and serves as an intense reminder for the national park’s own regulations for pets in-park (see below). But first, relive this unbelievable encounter as this bison bull tosses the large dog without so much as a thought.
There’s no blood involved, thankfully, as the bull didn’t gore with his horn. Instead, witness but a taste of the power of America’s national mammal. And, of course, a stark reminder as to why pets should never be of their own accord around wildlife:
“My pitbull Mac decided to get in-between two buffalo fighting and go running straight toward one getting headbutt and thrown into the air. Crazy dog :),” Dendys captions the footage.
Lady… Your dog is not “crazy”. That title belongs elsewhere.
Yellowstone Bison Footage is a Stark Reminder
“Bringing a pet to Yellowstone may limit your activities in the park,” the park’s site states outright. Regulations then ask for owners to protect their pet and park wildlife by observing the following:
- Pets may only accompany people in developed areas and must remain within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds.
- Must be physically controlled at all times: they must be in a car, in a crate, or on a leash no more than six feet long.
- Pets are not to be on boardwalks, hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.
- May not be left unattended or tied to an object.
- Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate. Pets may remain in vehicles for short periods of time. But we recommend that someone stay behind to personally ensure their well being.”
This 2014 encounter breaks every single one of these regulations. And as Yellowstone cites: “There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the regulations for carried pets (in arms, carriers, strollers, backpacks, and so forth) in restricted parts of the park.”
Just this past week in Land Between the Lakes National Forest, I politely asked a family to roll up the window of their pickup truck for this very reason. The continued, pointed barking of their German shepherd began changing the body language of the bison in the prairie. They, too, found the whole situation “funny,” until the bison charged them and their vehicle. The window then went up, followed by a hasty retreat. Oh, humans.
In short: please follow all park regulations for yourself and pets when present. No one ever wants their pet to meet a gruesome end at the horns, claws, or teeth of wildlife!