Video Shows a Giant Bison Ramming Into a Family’s Rental Car in Yellowstone

August 23, 2019 Updated: August 23, 2019

video shows employees at a rental car agency all they need to know about how a car got damaged in Yellowstone National Park.

The footage shows one of dozens of bison stampeding through the park as it rams the rental and cracks the windshield. No injuries were reported.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that a family member caught the scene on video on Aug. 13 after the animals brought traffic to a standstill.

Bison Encounters in Yellowstone

A video shot earlier this summer showed a man petting a bison’s head in Yellowstone.

Nobody was hurt, but park officials warned visitors to keep their distance.

American Bison join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/File Photo via Getty Images)

In July, a bison threw a 9-year-old girl into the air in Yellowstone. She wasn’t seriously hurt.

The incident was captured on video, showing a bison grazing just feet away in Yellowstone on July 21 before it charges at the girl, launching her in the air.

The girl was not identified, but Today.com reported that she was from Florida.

Similar incidents happen several times a year, sometimes with harmful results. Bison injure a handful of people in Yellowstone every year on average.

In Yellowstone, at least two people got injured by Bison encounters in 2018, one in 2017 and five in 2015.

Park Officials Message

Bison in Yellowstone spend much of their time grazing and lolling on the ground, making them appear docile. They’re not, as tourists who get too close demonstrate every summer.

Bison weigh up to 2,000 pounds and run up to 30 mph.

American Bison
American Bison pass by tourists at Yellowstone National Park, WY on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Park officials urge people to keep away from all large animals, even those that wander into parking lots or near trails. A safe distance, they say, is 25 yards from bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves.

The Associated Press and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.

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