Watch careless Yellowstone tourists decide to crowd around huge bison on boardwalk

A group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park almost learned a lesson about wildlife safety the hard way when they crowded around a large bison that climbed onto a boardwalk

to cross the park. In a video shared by Instagram account TouronsOfYellowstone, which highlights bad behavior at US National Parks, most of the visitors can be seen backing

away from the animal at first, but when it doesn't immediately attack, they pull close, with a group of women walking right alongside it. This bison was exceptionally

patient, but bison are extremely heavy, powerful animals that should be treated with respect and given plenty of space. They can be particularly dangerous and unpredictable during

their mating season (known as the rut) which takes place in late summer and early fall. People often underestimate bison (which led Yellowstone to publish a poster this

summer advising visitors not to pet the fluffy cows). Although usually docile, they can be dangerous, and are responsible for more wildlife-related injuries at the park than any

other animal, including bears and snakes. According to a 2019 study by Utah State University, bison injured 56 people and killed two in Yellowstone between 1978 and 1992. A

further 25 people were injured between 2000 and 2015. Ten of those were thrown into the air, nine were headbutted, six were gored, and almost half required hospitalization as a

result.