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Watch Bison Stampede Around Bus in Yellowstone

Bison Stampede Around Bus in Yellowstone
Bison Stampede Around Bus in Yellowstone. Image by @viralhog via YouTube
Bison Stampede Around Bus in Yellowstone. Credit: @viralhog – Source: YouTube

In Yellowstone National Park, a herd of bison charge directly towards a bus full of tourists. What would you do in this scenario? In the picturesque setting of bison charging a bus, it’s hard to know if the tourists were mesmerised or terrified. Join us as we explore the bisons behavioral traits to further understand their actions in the video above.

Bison Aggression & Their Behavioral Traits

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Bison have a territorial nature, therefore they can show aggressive behavior during mating season or when defending their offspring.

Aggression in bison is usually triggered by threats to their space or safety. This causes them to do actions such as head-butting, charging or making loud noises.

By understanding signs of aggression shown by bison, such as raised hackles, lowered head, or pawing at the ground, this can help avoid potential conflicts with bison.

Social Dynamics In Bison Herds

Bison
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Within bison herds, social hierarchies and dominance structures play a huge role in maintaining order and reducing aggression.

Dominant bulls assert their authority through physical displays of strength. They take part in head-butting contests or vocal challenges to establish their status.

Subordinate bison are submissive. Their submissive actions include avoiding direct eye contact, yielding space to dominant individuals or retreating from fights.

Bison Defense of Their Offspring

Adult female American bison and 1 week- and 1 month-old calves at the Prioksko-terrasny biosphere reserve, Russia.
Adult female American bison and 1 week- and 1 month-old calves at the Prioksko-terrasny biosphere reserve, Russia. Image by oksanavg via Depositphotos

Bison show aggression when protecting their offspring from threats. Mothers show protective instincts, often placing themselves between their calves and any dangers! These could be from humans or other animals.

Approaching bison calves provokes aggressive responses. This tells us the importance of maintaining a respectful distance.

    Wrap Up

    In the viral video above, in Yellowstone National Park, one can’t help but wonder about the mix of emotions that the passengers felt… Mesmerized by the sight or paralyzed by fear of the unknown. After delving into the behavioral traits of bison, this shed light on their actions and provided insight to the bisons actions.

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