13 Yellowstone Bison Killed in Road Accident

Authorities say a semi struck the animals on a highway just outside the park
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2022 11:32 AM CST
13 Yellowstone Bison Hit by Truck, Killed
A file photo of bison roaming outside Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont.   (AP Photo/Janie Osborne, File)

Thirteen bison from Yellowstone National Park were killed after being struck by a semi-truck, reports NBC Montana. The animals were apparently on or near a highway just outside the park—probably because of deep snow inside the park—when the truck hit them after dark on Wednesday, per the AP. Some of the bison were killed instantly and others were euthanized because of their injuries.

Police say two other vehicles were involved in the accident on US Highway 191, near the town of West Yellowstone, but only the semi hit the bison. “We are always saddened by any of these incidents, particularly when so many animals are lost," said a police statement. It adds that the animals' dark coloring and non-reflective eyes make them particularly hard for drivers to see at night. The accident is under investigation, and police say speed may not have been a factor. (More Yellowstone National Park stories.)

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