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Old 15 May 2016, 05:41 PM
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Cow Tourists kidnap baby bison and put it in their car because it looked cold

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A father and son arrived at Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Wyoming on Monday, with a bison calf in the back of their SUV. They believed that the bison was cold and in danger, so they decided to kidnap the animal and bring it to a park ranger.

http://mashable.com/2016/05/15/bison.../#9NUbfxDSXgqn


And as if given a premonition, a few days ago...


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Unless you are a DNR officer or a wildlife rehab specialist or something, LEAVE WILD ANIMALS ALONE. Leave them in the wild. If you are concerned about the welfare/health of one, contact a DNR officer or one of the local wildlife rehab places or a vet clinic and someone will direct you to someone with the knowledge to care for it. Do not random take in animals and try to keep them. It will end badly.
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Old 15 May 2016, 09:36 PM
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I'm surprised that they weren't gored or trampled.
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Old 16 May 2016, 02:29 AM
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http://mashable.com/2016/05/15/bison.../#9NUbfxDSXgqn


And as if given a premonition, a few days ago...
Ugh, why can't I have premonitions about winning lottery numbers or something useful?

I'm also amazed they didn't get hurt. Even without Mom nearby, a bison calf can be a pretty rowdy, rambunctious thing.
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Old 16 May 2016, 09:57 PM
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Sadly, you were correct. It did not end well.

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In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16024.htm
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Old 16 May 2016, 10:03 PM
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Last year, five visitors were seriously injured when they approached bison too closely.
Translation: Do not stand closer to the bison.
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Old 16 May 2016, 11:10 PM
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IIRC, bison are responsible for more attacks on humans each year than bears and mountain lions combined.
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Old 16 May 2016, 11:47 PM
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IIRC, bison are responsible for more attacks on humans each year than bears and mountain lions combined.
I can't help but think that combining bears and mountain lions is a bad idea anyway
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Old 16 May 2016, 11:53 PM
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Combining mountain lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
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Old 17 May 2016, 12:43 AM
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Sadly, you were correct. It did not end well.



https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16024.htm
Another example of animals paying the price for human stupidity and egoism.
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Old 17 May 2016, 01:15 AM
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I'm wondering if we should tattoo onto every visitor's forehead in blood-red letters, "National Park isn't a synonym for petting zoo." Might be the only way to deal with this problem. Seriously, how the nfbsk did a species this dumb and stupid come to dominate the world? Please, tell me it wasn't through numbers alone.
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Old 17 May 2016, 01:54 AM
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I can't help but think that combining bears and mountain lions is a bad idea anyway
It's like Voltron, but with bears. Which makes it worse.
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Old 17 May 2016, 01:13 PM
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I can't help but think that combining bears and mountain lions is a bad idea anyway
Mounted lion, riding a bear!

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Old 17 May 2016, 03:10 PM
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Another example of animals paying the price for human stupidity and egoism.
Boneheads! Are the coats of bison calves as thick and woolly as the adults? It's not like this was some tropical critter that suddenly found itself in a cold place.
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Old 17 May 2016, 04:10 PM
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I hope they make the tourists pay the medical costs, plus the costs for the rangers' time in trying to get the herd to take the calf back.

Maybe if it costs them money they'll pay attention.

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Old 17 May 2016, 04:30 PM
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Another example of animals paying the price for human stupidity and egoism.
That may be true, but there is a good chance it isn't. The fact that they were able to get the calf into their car without being killed by the calf's mother suggests it was already an orphan. Bison are very protective of their young and even if the mother wasn't nearby the other animals in the herd would normally protect the calf. Something was wrong before the humans intervened.
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Old 17 May 2016, 04:33 PM
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In their defense, it did work. The baby bison will now never be cold again.
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Old 17 May 2016, 04:50 PM
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Unless bison follow Norse beliefs and euthanasia is considered the same as disease or old age.
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Old 17 May 2016, 05:25 PM
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That may be true, but there is a good chance it isn't. The fact that they were able to get the calf into their car without being killed by the calf's mother suggests it was already an orphan. Bison are very protective of their young and even if the mother wasn't nearby the other animals in the herd would normally protect the calf. Something was wrong before the humans intervened.
I can't get the Mashable article at work, but this Washington Post article makes an explicit claim about the human interference as prompting the rejection. However, that's based on their own reading of the park's statement, which is a bit more ambiguously worded.
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Old 17 May 2016, 05:37 PM
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I can't get the Mashable article at work, but this Washington Post article makes an explicit claim about the human interference as prompting the rejection. However, that's based on their own reading of the park's statement, which is a bit more ambiguously worded.
I saw that as well. But discounted it because there is no citation. If a park employee had actually said that it would have been a quote. Other articles don't explicitly link this event to human-caused rejection, they just say it can happen. I suspect this particular reporter made an unjustifiable leap.

I can not imagine a person walking up and grabbing a baby bison without that person getting immediately gored or trampled to death by a half dozen adult bison. The fact that they were able to do it strongly suggests something was already wrong and the herd had already rejected the calf.
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Old 24 May 2016, 10:03 PM
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Wolf To Rescue or Not, That is the Question With Distressed Animals

Maybe it’s a baby robin that falls out of a nest in the backyard, or perhaps twin deer fawns left orphaned after their mother gets struck by a car or eaten by wolves, or perchance a bald eagle, behaving strangely, staggering on the ground and unable to fly. When wild animals appear to be in distress, should human beings intervene to rescue them or is it better to back off and let nature take its course? This existential question is being debated again following a recent incident in Yellowstone National Park involving a bison that raised eyebrows and attracted international media attention.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...-wild-animals/
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