March 26, 2020

Social Distancing lesson: From Bison?

Sometimes you learn lessons about social distancing from unexpected places. Montana television reporter, Deion Broxton learned that the hard way. While reporting at Yellowstone National Park about the parks closing on Wednesday, March 25th, Broxton noticed a herd of bison walking toward him.

Although the bison are off camera, Broxton’s reaction tells the whole story.

“Oh my God. Oh my God,” Broxton said.

“Oh no, I ain’t messing with you,” he said as he grabbed his camera. “Oh no.

Oh no. Oh no I’m not messing with you.”

Without turning off the camera, he stashed it in his trunk and moved to a safe place. Then he turned the camera on the massive bison. Bison are the largest land animal in North America and can weigh over a ton. The Parks service says they can jump as high as six feet and run up to 40 miles an hour. They have injured more people at Yellowstone than any other animal, as recently as last year, when they charged a 9-year-old girl who had gotten too close. After being flung in the air, the child was taken to a local hospital and treated.

Yellowstone National Park said that Broxton handled the situation perfectly. Distance is the safest option when it comes to bison. And Corona Virus.