Posts Tagged ‘chase’

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January 21, 2015

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Chief chases on “two-wheel contraption”

July 8, 2012

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Grizzly chases bison follow up

January 21, 2011

In a previous video post a bear was shown chasing a bison down the highway. Below is a follow-up slide show made up of images the photographer shot along with a written explanation of how it all unfolded. Some years back I visited Denali park in Alaska and they would have handled the situation differently. The park officials made a big point about never interfering with nature e.g. on the tour bus we saw a carcass and asked the driver what happened. He said the day before an injured elk limped along in front of the bus and in full view of the bus passengers a pack of wolves appeared, circled and killed the injured elk. The wolves ate most of it while the passengers looked on.

Thanks to Dennis V for the images in the below slide show and following explanation:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing 14 more pictures and the end to the tale.

Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April. Wypyszinski says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park. Of course, he usually has to search the animals out.

It all started when he was driving in the Fountain Flats area, located between the Madison Junction and Old Faithful, when he heard an unusual sound.  But Wypyszinski says any noise is unusual on that particular highway at 7am. “I thought it was a horse and carriage,” said Wypyszinski. “That was the kind of noise that I heard.” By the time he turned around, the two fuzzy brown images were racing quickly toward him.

Wypyszinski pulled out his camera quickly, thinking he was going to catch two moose racing down the highway. He quickly learned he was mistaken. “I thought I was having a hallucination or something,” said Wypyszinski. “I couldn’t believe what that buffalo looked like.” It was a bison, badly burned from an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park.

The sight of such an injured bison alone is rare, but what Wypyszinski saw next was once in a lifetime. “Never, ever, ever,” said Wypyszinski. “I’ve seen plenty of bear, and more buffalo. But I’ve never seen anything like that before.” A grizzly was chasing the buffalo (which was practically cooked already) and gaining quickly

Wypyszinski stopped his car on the desolate highway and took out his camera. “I stood along the car as long as I thought it was safe.”

The two beasts passed the man by without paying any notice.

The result: the following 14 hair-raising pictures. (See the story conclusion below the slide show)

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We pick our tale up where the photos end. Wypiszinski says once in the safety of the woods the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day. Park rangers had to put the bison down due to the injuries it sustained from the hot springs.  Wypiszinski said the whole event was over just as quickly as it happened. Just another day in Yellowstone National Park.

Bear chases Bison down highway

November 4, 2010

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