Baby bison euthanized after tourists kidnapped it because it looked cold

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National Park Service: Bison Calf Picked By Up Tourists Euthanized

The National Parks Service announced on Monday that the bison calf captured by tourists last week was euthanized.

Mashable reported Sunday that a father and son kidnapped a bison calf, placed it in their SUV and brought it to Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Wyoming last Monday, because they said that it looked cold and they feared for its wellbeing.

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"[P]ark rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed," the National Parks Service wrote in a post on its website. "The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway."

The post also highlighted that the capture of the bison was incredibly dangerous because, "adult animals are very protective of their young and will act aggressively to defend them."

The father and son who captured the baby animal were ticketed for their actions.

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In this photo taken April 24,2012 on the Fort Peck Reservation near Polar Montana showing a heard of Bison. Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle with legislation to declare the burly animal America’s “national mammal.” Bison advocates launched a “vote bison” public relations campaign Friday to coincide with the bill. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
In this photo taken April 24,2012 on the Fort Peck Reservation near Polar Montana showing a heard of Bison. Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle with legislation to declare the burly animal America’s “national mammal.” Bison advocates launched a “vote bison” public relations campaign Friday to coincide with the bill. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo, buffalo, owned by the combined Sioux and Assiniboine Indian Tribe, walk on their ranch inside the Fort Peck Indian Reservation north of Wolf Point, Mont. American Indians depended on the buffalo for hundreds of years for food, clothing, tools and medicine. Now today's tribes want to return the favor by helping preserve one of the last genetically pure herds in North America. The Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing 5,000 rolling acres in northeastern Montana for 50 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park. Their neighbors to the west at the Fort Belknap reservation have also asked for a role in managing the bison. (AP Photo/Michael Albans)
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo, Buffalo herd, owned by the combined Sioux and Assiniboine Indian Tribe, on their ranch inside the Fort Peck Indian Reservation north of Wolf Point, Mont. American Indians depended on the buffalo for hundreds of years for food, clothing, tools and medicine. Now today's tribes want to return the favor by helping preserve one of the last genetically pure herds in North America. The Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing 5,000 rolling acres in northeastern Montana for 50 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park. Their neighbors to the west at the Fort Belknap reservation have also asked for a role in managing the bison. (AP Photo/Michael Albans)
Bison bulls donated by media tycoon Ted Turner are photographed at the Caprock Canyon State Park, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005. Turner donated these hopefully virile bison from his herd, that he keeps near Raton, N.M., to try to boost the genetic diversity of the Texas herd. Turner's herd, one of the most genetically pure herds remaining in North America, descends from the Southern Plains herd that once roamed freely throughout the Texas Panhandle. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
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Karen Richerson, a bystander who saw the father and son pull up with the bison in the vehicle, said the two had genuine concern for the animal.

"They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying," she told told East Idaho News.

Richardson snapped this photo and posted it to Facebook, urging tourists to leave wildlife alone.

"Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival," the National Parks Service wrote on its website.

The National Parks Service also reminds us that park regulations require people stay 25 yards away from wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

Image: Facebook, Karen Richardson

"Disregarding these regulations can result in fines, injury, and even death. The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules," the post reads.

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