VIDEO: Small dog runs around bison in Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 4:01 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 18:02:25-04

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park witnessed an incident involving a small dog and some bison last weekend.

Kyle Wilkinson was visiting the park on Saturday, May 11 when he captured on video a dog running around and barking at two bison.

Wilkinson told MTN News the incident occurred between Grand Prismatic Spring and Norris Geyser Basin.

During the video, a person can be heard trying to call the dog back. At one point, a bison kicks at (but misses) the small dog.

MTN News has reached out to Yellowstone National Park officials for comment.

The moment joins a long line of incidents involving wildlife in Yellowstone.

In July of 2018, a man was caught on camera taunting a bison on a road in Hayden Valley. He was later sentenced to 130 days in jail by a federal judge in Wyoming.

In September of 2018, a man was knocked down by an elk while standing on the side of the road. He was not injured.

The regulations concerning pets in Yellowstone National Park are as follows:

  • Pets may only accompany people in developed areas and must remain within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds.
  • Pets must be physically controlled at all times: they must be in a car, in a crate, or on a leash no more than six feet long.
  • Pets are not allowed on boardwalks, hiking trails, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate.
  • Pets may remain in vehicles for short periods of time, but we recommend that someone stay behind to personally ensure their well being.
  • Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.

You can read more about park rules concerning pets here.