Tourists kidnap baby bison and put it in their car because it looked cold

Yellowstone National Park Tourists Kidnap Bison
Yellowstone National Park Tourists Kidnap Bison

Animals, they're not just like us.

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.

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Karen Richardson was chaperoning a fifth grade field trip at the park when the incident occurred.

"They were demanding to speak with a ranger," Richardson told East Idaho News. "They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying."

Law enforcement were called to the scene and the father and the family received a ticket for their actions. East Idaho News reports that they were visiting the U.S. from another country.

Park rangers then followed the father and son to where they took the bison, and it was released back into the wild.

Richardson was able to snap a photo of the event, and later posted it to Facebook with the caption, "Dear Tourists: the bison calf is not cold and is not lost. PUT IT BACK!"


On its website, the National Parks Service warns of the dangers of large wildlife, and states that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison.

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