Will the new flyer convince tourists to steer clear?
Earlier this month, a 62-year-old Australian man was thrown into the air by a bison at Yellowstone National Park after getting too close in an attempt to take a picture with his iPad, according to FOX4. He was air-lifted to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
And in May, Yellowstone park officials issued a warning for visitors to leave wildlife alone. The warning followed an incident in which two Canadian tourists put a newborn bison calf in their car because they wanted to keep it warm, reported Reuters. The calf had to be euthanized.
Bison, in other words, are frequently an issue at Yellowstone. (Or more accurately, tourists curious about bison are frequently an issue.)
In March, a government report even took the step of advising Yellowstone visitors not to take “bison selfies.”
The issue is not new in 2016, and for years officials have used a sign depicting a fierce beast throwing a tourist wildly into the air — limbs akimbo, face contorted into horror, ball cap and camera propelled outward. But the drawing, vaguely reminiscent of The Hardy Boys, doesn’t seem to have been deterring several tourists, which perhaps is why Yellowstone has released a new design: