Photographer Richard Peters was guiding the group through the park when they encountered the bison at top speed - and he had is camera at the ready.

Despite often appearing unconcerned and even lazy, bison can move at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kmh) - and this one was no exception. Recalling the incident, Mr Peters said: 'We saw him from a distance as we drove down the road and eventually pulled over to stop and watch what he would do.

'Bison may look slow but they’re surprisingly quick when they want to be.'

Yellowstone National Park is home to thousands of bison, all of whom are allowed to roam freely across the expansive landscape.

The Yellowstone Park bison herd is a bison herd in Yellowstone National Park. It is probably the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States, estimated in 2020 to be 4,800 bison. The bison in the Yellowstone Park bison herd are American bison of the Plains bison subspecies. Yellowstone National Park may be the only location in the United States where free-ranging bison were never extirpated, since they continued to exist in the wild and were not reintroduced.

American Bison once numbered in the millions, perhaps between 25 million and 60 million by some estimates, and they were possibly the most numerous large land animal on earth. However, by the late 1880s, they had been hunted to near extinction throughout North America.

Yellowstone bison are exceptional because they comprise the nation’s largest bison population on public land. Unlike most other herds, this population has thousands of individuals that are allowed to roam relatively freely over the expansive landscape of Yellowstone National Park and some nearby areas of Montana. They also exhibit wild behavior like their ancient ancestors, congregating during the breeding season to compete for mates, as well as migration and exploration that result in the use of new habitat areas. These behaviors have enabled the successful restoration of a population that was on the brink of extinction just over a century ago.


Responses to "Powerful moment huge bison filmed running at full speed on snowy road in Yellowstone"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Awesome and why you shouldn't get too close!

  2. Beautiful animal! Love nature

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