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Bison can be dangerous to humans; especially to people who are unfamiliar with bison behavior. Bison, often referred to as buffalo, have stronger natural instincts than cattle and their 'wild' nature requires specialized handling methods and skills to ensure the safety of the bison and their handlers. By taking the time to learn about bison behavior and proper handling techniques and by constructing safe bison handling facilities, raising bison can be as safe as raising domestic cattle.
How Close Is Too Close?
Remember, bison are still wild animals. When they feel threatened they will react. Bison are the largest animals in North America. Although they may appear to be slow and awkward, bison in fact, run very fast (they can sprint at 50 km per hour, three times faster than a person can run). Bison can turn on a dime, and can jump over a six foot fence standing still. Even if they are on a private ranch, bison can be dangerous and unpredictable. Treat them with respect.
When visiting bison ranches or touring public lands, take a few minutes to learn some of the warning signs that bison exhibit to let you know you are too close! But, don't count on a bison giving a warning every time. The Yellowstone National Park Service recommends that visitors stay 300 feet or more away from large animals, including bison. Most injuries received from bison have occurred when people tried to be photographed with a bison from distances of two to 51 feet. Stay in your vehicle and DO NOT approach bison by the roadside.
* Tail-raising is one of the most common signs that bison are agitated. Snorting, head shaking, foot-stomping, tree-thrashing, wallowing and general restlessness may also be warning signals that a bison is about to charge.
* Bison bulls are at their most dangerous during the rutting season, which starts in mid-July.
* Bison cows are at their most dangerous when they have newborn calves at their side. They are very protective. Never come between two animals, particularly a female and her calf.
* Don't try to get a bison's attention by throwing sticks or stones at them. This may agitate them into attacking.
* Bison may charge without warning. Pay attention at all times and don't turn your back on them.
*reprinted from Bison World, June 2007
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