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Old 05-16-2016, 10:44 AM
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Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Bison calf euthanized after tourists put it in SUV at Yellowston - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

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In recent weeks, visitors in Yellowstone National Park park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous, and illegal behavior with wildlife.

Park officials said in a press release on Monday that these actions endanger people and have now resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf.

Last week, visitors were cited for placing a newborn bison calf in their vehicle and driving it to a park facility because of their misplaced concern for the animal's welfare. The tourists - reportedly from another country - were ticketed.

In terms of human safety, this was a dangerous activity because adult animals are very protective of their young and will act aggressively to defend them. In addition, interference by people can cause mothers to reject their offspring.

In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed, and the bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.
Are some people that seriously STUPID?!
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Yes! But why didn't some one Bottle feed the calf or take it to a zoo. Why kill it? For that I blame the park rangers.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Yes! But why didn't some one Bottle feed the calf or take it to a zoo. Why kill it? For that I blame the park rangers.
That's what I was thinking as well. But...maybe they did not have the staff or funding for it. Parks are probably pretty low on the list for dollar dispersement. We can't even house and feed our homeless after all.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:13 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Funding NOT needed just a few phone calls. Heck even a cow that's milking would saved that baby. Don't have to buy the cow just give it to the farmer to foster. Any Wildlife rescue would have taken it.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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There is the viewpoint that it's better to humanely euthanize a wild animal then to keep it in a zoo. Life isn't always the best option for an animal like a bison.


The euthanization might also have something to do with Brucellosis which is carried by Yellowstone bison. It's a big worry for local ranchers.

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Old 05-16-2016, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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people can be so damn stupid sometimes.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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The euthanization might also have something to do with Brucellosis which is carried by Yellowstone bison.
That's probably the biggest reason right there. What zoo or private landowner would want to introduce a possibly diseased animal to their herd? Not to mention that the calf would have to be bottle-raised, and bottle-raised hoofstock often grow up to be extremely dangerous to people.
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:36 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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The government did this for the same reason that they euthanize bears whom people have fed. The purpose is to let people know that interactions will cause killing whether there is any reason or not. They are very determined that people not feed or interact with animals. Before all of these rules were instituted, the government and its sycophantic "environmentalist'' allies constantly talked about beggar bears and deer as if those animals were somehow degrading themselves by accepting easy food. There were no more deaths or injuries when people commonly fed wildlife.

As one poster pointed out, there would have been no difficulty finding a surrogate mother or simply bottle feeding. It's easy enough to test for Brucellosis. Killing the baby bison was premeditated murder.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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I think they killed the poor animal to make a point with the stupid tourists. If it had been in distress for some other reason, not attributed to bad tourist behavoir, the would have saved it. I woudn't be suprised if killing it enabled them to levy a heavier penalty on the tourist.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:51 PM
 
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I think they killed the poor animal to make a point with the stupid tourists. If it had been in distress for some other reason, not attributed to bad tourist behavoir, the would have saved it. I woudn't be suprised if killing it enabled them to levy a heavier penalty on the tourist.
That was supposed to read except the calf. Okay, I give up. Let's just say XCX cept the calf

The tourists were cited, then they attempted to make the herd except the cab. It would not. So with the threat of disease and other problems, they put the animal down. There is a reason they don't want people monkeying with wildlife.
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