The Season Begins

Hello wonderful people who give me encouragement and happiness. I have just finished my first week of training at Yellowstone National Park. Training to become an interpretive park ranger can be compared to having a whole semester of knowledge crammed into one week with hour-long sessions on different resources. I haven’t even begun to look at my old programs. I’m still just working on adjusting to being back in this amazing place.

Have I ever said how lucky I am?
Because I am humbled every morning when I wake up here.


 

I thought at the beginning of this week I would keep track of how many animals I see through the entire season; however that task is already to big. The bears (both black and grizzly) are out and about moving through their home ranges looking for food. The bison are moving back into the park and joining with the ones that wintered here.

As I drive around the park I already am seeing people way to close to the wildlife that they love. Already I have to tell myself to “pick your battles” and you’re not going to win them all. If you didn’t see the news release, a girl was gored by a bison a few days ago.

Shortly after noon on Friday, a 16-year-old exchange student was visiting Upper Geyser Basin with her host family. While hiking near Old Faithful Geyser, the family joined a group of people watching a bison grazing adjacent to the trail. According to first hand reports, the group was somewhere between three and six feet from the bison. The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple of steps and gored her.” Read the rest of the report here – Park Visitor Injured in Bison Encounter

She received some bad injuries and was air-lifted out of the park.

Looking over my posts from last years adventure here at Yellowstone, it seems I spoke on this before.

Here are two for you that bring back way too many emotions. And in the Chaos I found            –         To The Visitors Who Made Me Cry
“What I wanted to tell you is that what is special about Yellowstone is that the animals are wild. People come from all over the world to see the wild animals. However, they can only stay wild if we are willing to give them their space. That may mean sacrificing an opportunity to get an up-close picture. It may mean waiting for a while for them to cross a road. The only reason the animals are still wild is because of visitors before you cared enough to respect the wildness of the animals.”


Remember to have fun, keep a safe distance from all animals, and share your park stories.
Ranger Kaiti May said so.

2 Replies to “The Season Begins”

  1. Sad to hear about the Taiwanese girl. Her host family really should have known better than to put her in harm’s way like that. So many people seem to think of these remarkable wild places as little more than petting zoos, and one-ton wild animals as little more than baby goats. A couple of years ago I saw a guy get within a few feet of a bull moose at Rocky Mountain NP…lucky for him a ranger showed up to scold him before he could be trampled to death.

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  2. Good luck with the new season and all of its challenges. Perhaps it would be easier on both rangers and visitors if these preserved wild spaces were called “National Wildernesses” rather than “National Parks?”

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