Archive for June, 2018

Third Animal Attack This week at Yellowstone

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

A woman was gored by a bison yesterday as a crowd of tourist once again invaded the territory of these lard beast.  A crowd had gathered on the lower basin when a herd of bison were seen from the road.  People got out of their cars and walked within 15 feet of these dangerous and unpredictable animal.  This is not a petting zoo, but real “wild” animals that can take your life in an instant.  When you encroach on their “turf”you may end up sorry; very sorry!

My grandson worked as a computer specialist for two years at Mammoth Hot Springs near the north entrance. He witnessed many “stupid” things that tourist would do while there including 5 fatalities during his two years!

We visited him two years ago and spent a week exploring the vastness of the park and it’s amazing wildlife.  Right around the Park Headquarters there is always a large gathering of elk who roam freely between buildings, cars, and people.  There are signs all over to stay a secure distance away from these large members of the deer family, but many do not heed the warnings and pay the price.  We saw an Oriental woman trying to put her daughter on the back of a cow elk.  Grandson Quinn yelled at her and she sheepishly back off! There was also a young lady who put her arm around a bison feeding in the grassy area near headquarters who was gored to death when the 1600 pound animal was startled!  All this for a “selfie?”

Bison and elk are two of the more unpredictable animals that need to be given a wide birth, but a lot of tourist (many foreigners) think their at a “petting zoo!” Park personnel do their best but it’s hard to police 10’s of thousands of visitors each and every day!

Not only can the animal’s hurt, maim, or kill you, but the rivers, lakes, and terrain can also do you in. One of Quinn’s acquaintances dove from a cliff into a swift moving glacial river never to be seen again!  Another young man got off the trailway and disappeared into a hot springs where signs are posted all over “Do not get off the boardwalk!”

So I am not surprised at all that “When Animals Attack” is happening at Yellowstone, especially since some people believe these are tame, harmless, cartoon creatures!

Mike

Late Season Turkey Update

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

My brother Darryl finally arrowed his gobbler, as he once again goes for the coveted Michigan Bowhunters “Grand Slam” award!  He dropped the Jake in it’s tracks as it ran into his decoy after some persistent “hen” calls. He set a personal record this year by helping 11 others get their birds.  Also pictured is Caleb Smiley with his monster tom called in by his dad Scott not far from their house.  It’s Caleb’s second big turkey, and dad took one earlier hunting with Darryl who is his father-in-law! Also pictured is Jakson Ansel (Darryl’s grandson) with his turkey.  His brother Jacob got one earlier!

Looks like me and my brother Brett were the only two turkey hunters that have to go to Krogers this year for their bird.  I guess there’s always the fall hunt?

Mike