I know that I've shown you lots of bison poo. I think it's time that we talk about the creature who makes numerous piles around Yellowstone Park.
That's the Old Faithful Inn in the background.
I needed to get there by 7 a.m.
That sidewalk is "usually" where I walk.
This isn't the best picture, but my hands were cold, fear was slowing my reflexes and more were headed my way. I did what I could.
I made as wide a path as I could around them. I frantically waved at a young man on his cell phone walking down the sidewalk, directly into danger.
I was successful, so don't worry about any bloody pictures.
This herd had lots of calves.
They are also called "red dogs" because of their coloring.
There were lots of babies in this herd.
This must be the queen bison mother.
Don't you just want to take them home for the kids to play with?
Got a couple hundred acres of grass for them to munch on?
Now for bison facts.
The bison is the largest land animal in North America. Even bigger than Oprah off her diet. Sorry about that.
The male bison stands 6 feet tall from hoof to shoulder and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. And you wonder why they give me the creepie crawlies.
The hump on the back of bison is from the movement they make back and forth with their heads to dig through the snow. These nasty looking creatures eat vegetation and digging through Yellowstone snow builds up some big muscles in their necks and shoulders.
The female has one calf and the gestation period is nine months. Their health insurance only allows one day in the hospital which leads to some problems, but.....oops, health care is a whole other discussion.
Bison can run up to 30 mph. I can't. I am afraid.
Bison behavior is unpredictable. They can appear lazy and then for no reason, just take off after you, a car, a tour bus, or another bison. Remember the 30 mph and the 2000 pounds? This is a bad combination.
I'll leave you with this link from Animal Planet. http://animal.discovery.com/videos/jaws-and-claws-2-bison-clash.html.
I'm not sure how it ends as my video capabilities here in Yellowstone Park are minimal. I hope there isn't any blood and gore. Let me know.
For now, I will stay alert. No stepping in bison poo, and I will be looking behind trees for the moody things.