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Bison Jam Bison jams, which occur when bison are on or close to the road, are quite a common site in YNP. The more exciting involving many bison on the road right near your vehicle and the more frustrating ones sometimes involving miles of cars backed up because of habituated animals using the roads as travel corridors. This instance was a little different in that it was dark and the bison were a little more excited due to the park ranger making noises at the animals to clear the road. I snapped this photo just before the red and blue lights were turned on. This photo was taken from inside the safety of a vehicle. American bison,Bison bison,Geotagged,Mammals,Summer,United States,Wyoming,Yellowstone National Park Click/tap to enlarge

Bison Jam

Bison jams, which occur when bison are on or close to the road, are quite a common site in YNP. The more exciting involving many bison on the road right near your vehicle and the more frustrating ones sometimes involving miles of cars backed up because of habituated animals using the roads as travel corridors. This instance was a little different in that it was dark and the bison were a little more excited due to the park ranger making noises at the animals to clear the road. I snapped this photo just before the red and blue lights were turned on. This photo was taken from inside the safety of a vehicle.

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  1. We sometimes forget that the convenience of a road does not only apply to us. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Indeed. Posted 4 years ago
  2. not something you see every day!! thanks for sharing and the background Posted 4 years ago
  3. he-he, when were biking in Spain we ran into goat jams and sheep jams a couple of times, but a bison jam (on a bike at least) would be a little more daunting. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Goat and sheep jams on a bike sound fun! Bison jam on a bike = turning around and peddling away as fast you can! Haha! Posted 4 years ago
      1. Not that I would ever tempt them... I understand how dangerous they can be, but years ago we were tent camping in ND early in the spring - we were the only ones at the campground. We never actually saw a one, but when we got up in the morning it was plain to be seen that bison had been all around us during the night and no one stepped on us! They also must have been quiet... they didn't wake us either. Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
        1. Were you in Theodore Roosevelt National Park? I'm glad you mentioned that, morpheme. For being such a large animal, they are can be incredibly quiet. Very often in the park I will wake up in the morning to go to work and notice bison tracks and fresh scat on the ground right outside my camper left during the night and I never here them.

          I'll be hiking in the park, or fishing on a river, with nothing and no one around me, and then I'll look up and there will be a bison only 30-20, sometimes only 10 yards from me. Far too close! And yet, I never even heard them walk up on me, and I am very observant and always watching and listening for stuff like that.

          Something so big should not be able to move so quietly, but it is uncanny how ghost-like they can be. Some of the people on our crew call them just that - ghosts.
          Posted 4 years ago
          1. Yeah, I think it was Theodore Roosevelt. We were just passing through. It was during our road trip out here to Seattle during out last year of college to see if this was really where we wanted to live when we graduated. When you think about how a tiny little mouse in the bushes seems to sound like a huge monster when you are sleeping in a tent at night, it's crazy to think that something as big as a bison could be so silent. Posted 4 years ago
          2. Believe it or not, we had the same experience in Namibia with elephants! We heard nothing (and I am usually a light sleeper), but the next morning there were elephant tracks and poo just a few feet away from our tents! i wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it in the morning. Posted 3 years ago
  4. Wonderful image - looks very mysterious and I especially like the light reflection on the eyes - bravo! Posted 3 years ago

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The American bison , also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds. Their range once roughly comprised a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada's far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo León, and east along the western boundary of the Appalachian Mountains. Because of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century, the bison nearly went extinct and is today.. more

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Uploaded Dec 5, 2015. Captured Sep 4, 2015 20:24 in US-20, Cody, WY 82414, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/5.0
  • 10/1000s
  • ISO6400
  • 170mm