The guys on the radio in Riverton used to keep the Yellowstone Scoreboard. I don’t know if they still do it, but it was always entertaining. Morbid and dark, but entertaining.
Each time a tourist got too close to the moose or tried to ride a bison and got stomped or flattened by the irritated animal, they’d add another point to the Yellowstone side of the scoreboard. Some years, the Yellowstone score got pretty high.
If they are still keeping the scoreboard current, one of the most recent scores could be one of the most dramatic. Somebody managed to catch a video of a bison bull charging a group of people. Everyone scatters, but one young girl doesn’t get away fast enough. The bull flips her high off the ground and runs past as she’s still twirling through the air.
Thankfully, the young lady was treated and released at the Mammoth hospital. She only had bumps and bruises. But it could have been a whole lot worse. Her whole family, as well as a bunch of other people, were standing much too close to the bison before the bull charged. Witnesses said some people were no more than five feet from the animals.
I don’t know what it’ll take to get people to stop getting that close to the wildlife in Yellowstone. The video of this incident might help. It’s already been viewed more than 4 million times. Hopefully it’ll make some of those 4 million people think twice before getting that close to the Yellowstone residents in the future.
If not, maybe they’ll resurrect the Yellowstone Scoreboard up in Riverton.