Seriously folks, nature is not a Disney movie like some would have you believe. Wild animals are exactly that, wild, and you need to keep your distance or be prepared to suffer the consequences.
The man, who is in his mid-50s, suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury in Saturday’s encounter near the Norris campground. He was airlifted to an Idaho Falls, Idaho hospital and is expected to recover. His name was not released.
So the man didn’t taunt the animal which is a plus, but he let the bull approach and then refused to move away. Eventually the Bison got tired of said moron being in his territory. Being a larger animal than this puny human, unsurprisingly the Bison won.
For those who think somehow being on the “top” of the food chain makes you magically superior, let me enlighten you. We are not on top because of some pure fanciful magic*. Humans are on top because we figured out how to make tools. We figured out how to manipulate the environment to our advantage. It was our intellect that placed us at the top of the food chain.
Given that it was our intellect, not our brute strength, you better bring a tool with you if you decide that you’re going to challenge another creäture within the chain. Without the tools we are but a walking bipedal warm Popsicle for things that have claws and brute strength. Most predators could kill us without as much of a batting of the eyes if we are unarmed. When armed however we are far superior to those other predators. It’s tools that make the difference and for that reason your position on the top of the food chain is considered negotiable to mother nature.
This man is very lucky, he decided that he was going to try to stare down an animal larger than himself. Why he chose to do that we may never know. It was obviously a very poor idea, doubly so since he didn’t bring any tools for the fight. What the hell did he think was going to happen? The Bison would just shrug it off, seriously what the hell is up with you city slicker folks? This is almost as bad as the woman who tried to pet the moose.
*The F in PFM doesn’t actually stand for fanciful, but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.