The video above is the perfect example of what NOT TO DO when around a bison. Notice the bison’s tail just before it attacks – the tail will rise straight up in the air like a flag. When you see a bison tail straight up in the air be warned – a charge is eminent.
From the National Park Service
Bison are wild animals and can be dangerous if provoked. They can run up to 35 miles per hour and spin around faster than a horse.
- Always view them at a distance and give them the right-of-way if encountered on a trail or the road
- When bison are in the road, be patient, stay in your vehicle, and observe them quietly.
- On trails, make a big detour around them, move slowly, and avoid making loud noises.
- Keep dogs under control at all times; wild animals are often nervous when dogs are nearby and bison may charge if dogs are too noisy or too close.
- If a bison raises its tail, especially if the tail is straight up in the air, a charge may be imminent.