Bison Killed in Vehicle Crash Sunday
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 11, 2017
A bull bison that had wandered out of Yellowstone National Park was killed after being struck by a vehicle just east of the park near Wapiti.
According to an article in the Powell Tribune, the 1-ton bull bison met a vehicle on Highway 14/16/20 in the Wapiti area on Sunday and suffered severe head and leg injuries in the collision.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department game warden Travis Crane said although many times the animals survive vehicle collisions with minor injuries, this bison wasn’t so fortunate. He said it was found on the highway at dusk on Sunday, walking in circles, a sign of the head trauma, and couldn’t be moved. Crane was forced to euthanize the bison after the Wyoming Highway Patrol determined the animal was a significant public safety hazard.
Crane, who has been employed with the Game and Fish for 13 years, said at least one bison is hit every year.