The buffalo is our new national mammal, but this noble designation does not save the species from the resounding stupidity of humans.
Last week, tourists from Yellowstone National Park saw a buffalo calf in the park. They worried that he was alone, put him in their trunk and tried to take him to a park warden to help him. It was exactly the wrong thing to do.
On Facebook, Yellowstone confirmed the incident in a detailed message, noting that under the circumstances, they had to euthanize the calf. The interference of people can cause mothers to reject their offspring. In this case, the park wardens tried several times to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts have failed. The buffalo calf was then euthanized because it was abandoned and created a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.
The tourists in question received an initial fine of US $ 110, but the investigation is still ongoing. People on Facebook asked why the calf could not have been treated or sent to an institution that could have cared for him instead of being shot. Unfortunately, bison are potentially carriers of a bacterial disease called brucellosis, which can be transmitted from infected animals to healthy animals and even to humans. Federal regulations to stop the spread of the disease have left the park with few options. Park officials said:
To ship the calf out of the park, it would have taken months quarantine to be monitored for brucellosis. There is currently no licensed quarantine facility and we do not have the ability to care for a calf that is too young to do it alone. Nor is the National Parks Service’s mission to rescue animals: our goal is to preserve the ecological processes of Yellowstone. Even though human beings have been involved in this case, it is not uncommon for bison, especially young mothers, to lose or abandon their calves. These animals usually die of hunger or predation.