“When in Rome, do as Romans do”. Respect wildlife when you are in nature. Usually it is the wild that paid the price of foolish humans with their lives.
In a May 9 incident, Shamash Kassam and his son, Shakeel Kassam, described coming across the bison calf in Yellowstone Park. The calf still had its umbilical cord attached and approached them.”We didn’t have the heart to, kind of, just leave it there and let it suffer, you know, as the darkness descended,” Shakeel Kassam said.
Despite knowingly the rules, they decided to it in the back of their SUV without calling the rangers and was convinced that it would die without help. The ranger came after being alerted by others and gave them a scolding. Later according to the park service, the Rangers tried to reunite the calf with its mother, but it was abandoned by its herd. Being a danger to others later, the park service decided to euthanize it.
Shamash Kassam was cited for disturbing wildlife. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a wildlife violation and was ordered to pay a $230 fine plus a $500 contribution to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
In another incident, a Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris tour guide recorded a visitor walking toward an elk with her camera in hand for a selfie.Luckily she tripped and fell to the ground. The elk stopped short of trampling over her. In Yellowstone, regulations require that visitors remain at least 25 yards from elk, bison, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves. Before he could called out for her, the moose came charging at her. Youtube video here. The last time it happened at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the elk was put down.
According to him, it is not uncommon that tourists harassing wildlife has become an “out of control“ problem over the last few years. Always respect the wildlife living with nature when you are visiting a national park, safari or remote area.