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Massive 200-Bison Stampede Captured in Viral Video at Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley

Bison Stampede. Credit: ViralHog YouTube

A recent video posted on the YouTube channel ViralHog has captured a breathtaking and somewhat terrifying moment in Yellowstone National Park. The footage, recorded on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, shows a massive bison stampede in the Lamar Valley section on the Wyoming side of the park. Watch the full video.

An Unexpected Encounter on the Lamar River Bridge


The video, which has quickly gained attention online, was taken by a visitor who was riding through Lamar Valley with his wife. As they were crossing the bridge over the Lamar River, they noticed a huge cloud of dust in the distance. This dust cloud was created by a stampeding herd of bison descending a hill at the end of the bridge. Expecting the herd to cross the road, the couple was shocked to see the bison turn onto the bridge and head directly toward their car.

A Close Call

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In the video, the bridge can be seen shaking and swaying from the sheer force and weight of the stampeding bison. The movement of the car’s mirror highlights the intensity of the situation. The couple described the experience as rather scary, not knowing if the bison would collide with their vehicle. Fortunately, the bison veered to the right lane as they approached the car, avoiding any collisions.

Safety in Yellowstone

European bison.
Bison. Image via Charles J. Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This dramatic event underscores the importance of staying inside your vehicle when encountering wildlife in Yellowstone. The park is home to a diverse array of animals, and while sightings can be thrilling, they can also be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Visitors are always advised to maintain a safe distance from wildlife and to stay inside their vehicles when large animals are nearby.

Watch the Full Video On Our Website

American Bison
American Bison and calf with a background of rich autumn colours, in Yellowstone NP. Image via Arturo de Frias Marques, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The full video of the bison stampede provides a remarkable look at the power and beauty of Yellowstone’s wildlife. It also serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of these magnificent creatures. You can watch the video on the Kiss Casper website for a firsthand look at this incredible event.

Stay safe and enjoy the wonders of Yellowstone from a respectful distance.

What is the scientific name for bison?

Image by OndrejProsicky via Depositphotos

The scientific name for bison is Bison bison. There are two subspecies: the American plains bison (Bison bison bison) and the American wood bison (Bison bison athabascae).

Where can bison be found in the United States?

Bison via Unsplash

Bison primarily inhabit protected areas such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Bison Range in Montana. They are also found in several wildlife reserves and private herds across the country.

How large can bison grow?

Bison stampede
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Adult male bison, also known as bulls, can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand about 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Female bison, or cows, are generally smaller, weighing up to 1,100 pounds.

What do bison eat?

Wildlife in Europe. Bison herd in the autumn forest, sunny scene with big brown animal in the nature habitat, yellow leaves on the trees, Bialowieza NP, Poland. Wildlife scene from nature.

Bison are herbivores and primarily graze on grasses and sedges. They are well adapted to grazing and can consume a large quantity of vegetation daily.

How fast can bison run?

Side profile close up of an American bison, also known as buffalo, with its tongue sticking out in Yellowstone National Park. Image by via

Despite their large size, bison are incredibly fast and can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. This speed helps them evade predators and move quickly across their habitats.

What is the lifespan of a bison?

Bison taking a break. Image by mike-beaumont Via unsplash

In the wild, bison typically live for 10 to 20 years. However, some bison in protected environments have been known to live into their late twenties.

What is the significance of bison to Native American cultures?

Buffalo bison calf on green pasture
Buffalo bison calf on green pasture Image by krisrobin via Depositphotos

Bison hold great cultural and spiritual significance for many Native American tribes. They were historically a vital resource for food, clothing, and shelter, and they continue to symbolize resilience and strength.

Are bison and buffalo the same animal?

Big old bison in nature.
Big old bison in nature. Image by fotoluxstudio via Depositphotos

No, bison and buffalo are not the same. The term “buffalo” is often used in North America to refer to bison, but true buffalo are native to Africa and Asia, such as the African Cape buffalo and the Asian water buffalo.

How do bison communicate?

Wood bison (Bison bison athabascae), also known as the mountain bison. Bison calf sucking its mother. Image by wrangel via

Bison communicate through vocalizations such as grunts and snorts, as well as through body language. They use these methods to establish dominance, signal danger, and maintain herd cohesion.

What conservation efforts exist for bison?

Lost calf finds mama Bison
Lost calf finds mama Bison. Image by RON STERBENZ, YELLOWSTONEVIDEO.COM

Bison were nearly driven to extinction in the late 19th century due to overhunting and habitat loss. Conservation efforts, including protected areas and breeding programs, have helped their numbers recover significantly. Organizations like the National Park Service and the American Bison Society continue to work towards bison conservation and habitat restoration.


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