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Amateur Photographer Captures a Grizzly Bear Chasing a Bison Down a Highway in Yellowstone

Amateur Photographer Captures a Grizzly Bear Chasing a Bison Down a Highway in Yellowstone

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Great photos, wonder if the bear ever caught his fast food?

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from jmakoff wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Great story! Check out the original which went viral in a hurry... like a bison getting chased by a grizzly bear. http://www.ktvq.com/news/the-bison-got-away/

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from pfettig77 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

mesarich, it says that the rangers shot him the next day because of the burns. I bet he thought he was the luckiest buffalo ever after outrunning a grizzly, only to get shot the next day. That's what I call having a bad week.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thank God the bear did'nt realize Alex tasted just as good and could'nt run as fast as the buffalo!!

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from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

wow

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

amazing pictures

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I think I would have made a mess in my pants

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from Justin D wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

No wonder the numbers of Bison and Elk are so low in Yellowstone!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thats awsesome !!!

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from emcfee wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

amazing photos

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from MeganS wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

wow those are great shots! What a thrilling experience just to have witnessed it! Great Job!

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from mrsroadrunner wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

OMG this is GREAT!! I seen this on the news this morning so had to come over here and read and see the photographs here!!
AND getting these shots with a point and shoot camera!! We both laughed when it said those with the pro cameras all running around in herds when they hear of such a thing happening haha!!
Just remarkable!! I will be talking about this series of photographs!!

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from tbochmann wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Duckwyp, whoduthunkit? Juhavonne Djelibeibe. Now that you're famous,you still have to work Saturdays.

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from giboulou13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Good job with the pictures they are very unique.They could be great calendar pictres for 2011.

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from Bowdog wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Really cool pics. Must have been a rush.

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

the bear had to get it afore the wolves did.

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from Hobob wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

That is one big griz.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

very cool.

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from Hotanvil wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

would have been interesting to see the bison turn and charge

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from OhioBuckBuster wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I find it interesting that the bison was strong enough to out run the biggest and baddest north american predator and yet "they had to put it down" Sounds like bull sh*t to me.

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from fishinmonkey wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Seriously? Didn't you see the amount of burn damage on that buff's legs? Don't think a major infection was about to set in. It's possible the buff would pull through, but not highly likely.

Honestly, I don't think the rangers should have put it down, they should have let nature take its course and another griz or a wolf pack would have made a meal of it sooner or later. Yes it outran the griz that time, but it was only a matter of time before the buff weakened.

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from fng wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

an amazing show of just how hard a breathing creature will fight to stay alive.

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from pcw49 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Just too many predators.

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from milsky24 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

WOW! That is a cool photo!

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from Taters wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

This bison outran a grizzly bear AND THEY "PUT HIM DOWN"??? Am I the only person who finds that unbelievably sad?

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from vasportsman wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Thats something you dont see everyday, I'm impressed that he had the presence of mind to start shooting photos, I'm pretty sure I would have just watched dumbfounded and probably would have gotten run over by both!

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from gabbailey wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

The issue would have been all the tourists complaining about the suffering Bison and demanding something be done, reasonable or not. Also if a wounded animal is hanging out in a popular area you just know some dumb tourist is gonna get between the predator and it's food.

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from John Doe wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Awesome!

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from yampaflyfisher wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

There is room for all God's creatures...right next to the mashed potatoes and green beans.

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from mareese wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

gabbailey, I was just wondering if you had read the article? The photographer was NOT a tourist, he works in the park half of the year at the post office...however, I do have to say, tourist aren't very smart when it comes to game and how dangerous they can be...just a thought

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from kjt15 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

GREAT JOB WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHY.
It does seem ironically sad that this wounded animal escapes the griz then meets it's end from a human. I admit I do not know what the park's animal policies are. It would seem to me that if the animals wounds came from a source in nature then nature should be allow to follow it's normal course. If the wounds were caused by human error (ie: hit by a car) then the park should offset/correct the balance by providing vet care. Also in question, if the population loss is of issue then why not intervene (whenever feasible) to aide the repopulation of the species. Does the park offer any vet services or are all injured animals automatically destroyed ??
Washington can fork out big $$$ to "save" the "nare do well" in this country but not our natural treasures and the folks who care for them.
That's Wrong.

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from peachweb wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

kjt15, that was a terrific comment. I agree completely. It seems to me if that animal could escape the clutches of a grizzly bear, he had earned a chance to live, and as you said, "It would seem to me that if the animals wounds came from a source in nature then nature should be allow to follow it's normal course". Amen. Well said.

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from Jayhawker27 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I work with a wild buffalo herd...the fact that the bison outran the bear isn't much of a surprise to me, they are very fast, with a top end of 35 mph, they can outrun a lot of horses.

As incredibly tough a bison are, this particular animal (appears to be a youngish cow) was destined to die, from infection after days of suffering or predation (most likely,mercifully, the latter).

Letting nature take it's course may sound nice to some folks, but I'm just not into watching an animal suffer needlessly...

Being eaten alive by by a pack of wolves is so much better than a bullet in the head.

An animal in our herd in a similar situation would have been put down as well.

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from WoodnChips wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Your all missing the point.
The Bison represents us...
the Bear represents the Governments view on solving our economical problems

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from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

AMAZING!!!! I would have had a stroke!!!!!!

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from Tess2011 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I do not eat meat because I do not like the way the animals raised for meat are treated. However, I respect hunters, who eat animals that have been able to live out their lives as wild animals, and who respect these animals and their habitat. While I was saddend by the bison's plight, it was a good reminder that nature is both wonderful and terrible.

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from The Shot wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That business-like onrush of the grizzly for a buffaloburger is what many unfortunate and inexperienced voyagers get to experience when they're the intended target of the great bears. Typically the attack is unexpected and explosive, branches snapping and flying in all directions, bellows and roars to tell the hunter to get his/her gear in action in split second timing as well, or suffer the consequences. A successful stoppage by the hunter afterwards still leaves one wanting to sit down for awhile as the knees turn to rubber and realization hits home. I especially learned to listen to the scavenger birds like crows, ravens, and magpies who often signal what's ahead..., and pay attention to the wind at all times too. My thanks to the Elders for their wisdom on brother bear, and all other dwellers of the forest.

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from TinEagle wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

If there were no people or roads in the area I would assume the rangers would have let nature take its course. A sick animal of any size is a danger to humans, especially those not aware of the may dangers they pose (i.e. tourists). Human nature being what it is would probably have seen some kind hearted but misguided soultrying to help out the injured bison. The 1200 lb animal would most likely have lashed out and injured/killed anyone who approached inits fight for survival, just as it ran 25-30 mph from the bear. An animal that size, wandering in roadways in a sickened condition is a true hazard to humans in vehicles. The rangers did the animal and tourists a service by putting it down.

All in all, an amazing encounter with nature.

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from Cleon wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

This is truly an awesome and interesting look at nature. Kudos to the gentlemen who took these photos. WoodnChips comment an amusing and insightful perspective.

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from gfr2395 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

What, no fight?

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from Rotary Ralph wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I can't understand the wailing from all of the bleeding hearts that criticise the "putting down" of the bison, by the authorities....... I wonder how they'd feel if they had been burned so badly that their skin was falling off their feet, legs, underbellies and "privates" as this bison's was? With no available medical help to come to their aid, I wonder if they'd plead with someone to just shoot them to put them out of thier misery?

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from Tom Jackson wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Nothing like being in the right place at the right time!

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from mcj81894 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

we had a similar experience except it was a bear chasing a moose and they ran across the road, not down it.

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from jmac67 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

That Bison looks kind of young for this kind of fight. It would have been interesting if it was a bigger more mature bull the grizzly went after(if the bear would have even done that). I'm not into animal fighting for sport but it does get interesing to see nature take its course.

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from SteelieArm14 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Unbelievable!

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from pfettig77 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

mesarich, it says that the rangers shot him the next day because of the burns. I bet he thought he was the luckiest buffalo ever after outrunning a grizzly, only to get shot the next day. That's what I call having a bad week.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thank God the bear did'nt realize Alex tasted just as good and could'nt run as fast as the buffalo!!

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Great photos, wonder if the bear ever caught his fast food?

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from fng wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

an amazing show of just how hard a breathing creature will fight to stay alive.

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from gabbailey wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

The issue would have been all the tourists complaining about the suffering Bison and demanding something be done, reasonable or not. Also if a wounded animal is hanging out in a popular area you just know some dumb tourist is gonna get between the predator and it's food.

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from jmakoff wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Great story! Check out the original which went viral in a hurry... like a bison getting chased by a grizzly bear. http://www.ktvq.com/news/the-bison-got-away/

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from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

wow

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

amazing pictures

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I think I would have made a mess in my pants

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from themadflyfisher wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thats awsesome !!!

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from MeganS wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

wow those are great shots! What a thrilling experience just to have witnessed it! Great Job!

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from OhioBuckBuster wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I find it interesting that the bison was strong enough to out run the biggest and baddest north american predator and yet "they had to put it down" Sounds like bull sh*t to me.

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from vasportsman wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Thats something you dont see everyday, I'm impressed that he had the presence of mind to start shooting photos, I'm pretty sure I would have just watched dumbfounded and probably would have gotten run over by both!

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from Jayhawker27 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I work with a wild buffalo herd...the fact that the bison outran the bear isn't much of a surprise to me, they are very fast, with a top end of 35 mph, they can outrun a lot of horses.

As incredibly tough a bison are, this particular animal (appears to be a youngish cow) was destined to die, from infection after days of suffering or predation (most likely,mercifully, the latter).

Letting nature take it's course may sound nice to some folks, but I'm just not into watching an animal suffer needlessly...

Being eaten alive by by a pack of wolves is so much better than a bullet in the head.

An animal in our herd in a similar situation would have been put down as well.

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from TinEagle wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

If there were no people or roads in the area I would assume the rangers would have let nature take its course. A sick animal of any size is a danger to humans, especially those not aware of the may dangers they pose (i.e. tourists). Human nature being what it is would probably have seen some kind hearted but misguided soultrying to help out the injured bison. The 1200 lb animal would most likely have lashed out and injured/killed anyone who approached inits fight for survival, just as it ran 25-30 mph from the bear. An animal that size, wandering in roadways in a sickened condition is a true hazard to humans in vehicles. The rangers did the animal and tourists a service by putting it down.

All in all, an amazing encounter with nature.

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from emcfee wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

amazing photos

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from mrsroadrunner wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

OMG this is GREAT!! I seen this on the news this morning so had to come over here and read and see the photographs here!!
AND getting these shots with a point and shoot camera!! We both laughed when it said those with the pro cameras all running around in herds when they hear of such a thing happening haha!!
Just remarkable!! I will be talking about this series of photographs!!

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from Bowdog wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Really cool pics. Must have been a rush.

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

the bear had to get it afore the wolves did.

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from Hobob wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

That is one big griz.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

very cool.

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from Hotanvil wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

would have been interesting to see the bison turn and charge

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from milsky24 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

WOW! That is a cool photo!

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from John Doe wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Awesome!

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from mareese wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

gabbailey, I was just wondering if you had read the article? The photographer was NOT a tourist, he works in the park half of the year at the post office...however, I do have to say, tourist aren't very smart when it comes to game and how dangerous they can be...just a thought

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from Tess2011 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I do not eat meat because I do not like the way the animals raised for meat are treated. However, I respect hunters, who eat animals that have been able to live out their lives as wild animals, and who respect these animals and their habitat. While I was saddend by the bison's plight, it was a good reminder that nature is both wonderful and terrible.

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from The Shot wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

That business-like onrush of the grizzly for a buffaloburger is what many unfortunate and inexperienced voyagers get to experience when they're the intended target of the great bears. Typically the attack is unexpected and explosive, branches snapping and flying in all directions, bellows and roars to tell the hunter to get his/her gear in action in split second timing as well, or suffer the consequences. A successful stoppage by the hunter afterwards still leaves one wanting to sit down for awhile as the knees turn to rubber and realization hits home. I especially learned to listen to the scavenger birds like crows, ravens, and magpies who often signal what's ahead..., and pay attention to the wind at all times too. My thanks to the Elders for their wisdom on brother bear, and all other dwellers of the forest.

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from Rotary Ralph wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I can't understand the wailing from all of the bleeding hearts that criticise the "putting down" of the bison, by the authorities....... I wonder how they'd feel if they had been burned so badly that their skin was falling off their feet, legs, underbellies and "privates" as this bison's was? With no available medical help to come to their aid, I wonder if they'd plead with someone to just shoot them to put them out of thier misery?

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from mcj81894 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

we had a similar experience except it was a bear chasing a moose and they ran across the road, not down it.

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from Justin D wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

No wonder the numbers of Bison and Elk are so low in Yellowstone!

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from tbochmann wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Duckwyp, whoduthunkit? Juhavonne Djelibeibe. Now that you're famous,you still have to work Saturdays.

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from giboulou13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Good job with the pictures they are very unique.They could be great calendar pictres for 2011.

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from fishinmonkey wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Seriously? Didn't you see the amount of burn damage on that buff's legs? Don't think a major infection was about to set in. It's possible the buff would pull through, but not highly likely.

Honestly, I don't think the rangers should have put it down, they should have let nature take its course and another griz or a wolf pack would have made a meal of it sooner or later. Yes it outran the griz that time, but it was only a matter of time before the buff weakened.

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from yampaflyfisher wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

There is room for all God's creatures...right next to the mashed potatoes and green beans.

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from kjt15 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

GREAT JOB WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHY.
It does seem ironically sad that this wounded animal escapes the griz then meets it's end from a human. I admit I do not know what the park's animal policies are. It would seem to me that if the animals wounds came from a source in nature then nature should be allow to follow it's normal course. If the wounds were caused by human error (ie: hit by a car) then the park should offset/correct the balance by providing vet care. Also in question, if the population loss is of issue then why not intervene (whenever feasible) to aide the repopulation of the species. Does the park offer any vet services or are all injured animals automatically destroyed ??
Washington can fork out big $$$ to "save" the "nare do well" in this country but not our natural treasures and the folks who care for them.
That's Wrong.

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from peachweb wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

kjt15, that was a terrific comment. I agree completely. It seems to me if that animal could escape the clutches of a grizzly bear, he had earned a chance to live, and as you said, "It would seem to me that if the animals wounds came from a source in nature then nature should be allow to follow it's normal course". Amen. Well said.

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from WoodnChips wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Your all missing the point.
The Bison represents us...
the Bear represents the Governments view on solving our economical problems

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from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

AMAZING!!!! I would have had a stroke!!!!!!

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from Cleon wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

This is truly an awesome and interesting look at nature. Kudos to the gentlemen who took these photos. WoodnChips comment an amusing and insightful perspective.

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from gfr2395 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

What, no fight?

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from Tom Jackson wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Nothing like being in the right place at the right time!

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from jmac67 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

That Bison looks kind of young for this kind of fight. It would have been interesting if it was a bigger more mature bull the grizzly went after(if the bear would have even done that). I'm not into animal fighting for sport but it does get interesing to see nature take its course.

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from SteelieArm14 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Unbelievable!

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from Taters wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

This bison outran a grizzly bear AND THEY "PUT HIM DOWN"??? Am I the only person who finds that unbelievably sad?

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from pcw49 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Just too many predators.

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Alex Wypyszinski, a retired professor and amateur photographer, shot this amazing series of photos of a grizzly bear chasing down an injured bison when he stopped to take photos of geysers in Yellowstone National Park in May. We got the story from the man behind the camera, who works at a post office in the park during the summers.