Bull Bison Brutally Stabbed by Hunters

(Warning: Contains Graphic Images)

On February 21, 2017 Crow, Cindy and I were on patrol in the afternoon heading up Jardine Road when we came upon two bull bison grazing beside the road. We stopped for a few moments to admire them. We also had severe reservations on their safety.

We continued to drive up Jardine Road to one of the lookout points and were checking on recent remains of bison kills. We heard five gunshots and our hearts sank.

It took about ten minutes to drive down Jardine Road and discover what we had feared. There were no hunting vehicles present, but we saw three teenagers and one younger boy situated about 50 yards up an incline from the road. They were busy gutting one of the bulls.

 

Bison Slaughter 1

 

We then spotted the other bull only 15 yards from the road. Cindy thought it was still breathing and Crow confirmed. Crow and Cindy immediately walked up to the teenagers to tell them this bull was still alive.

 

Bison Slaughter 2

 

The teenagers came down to the suffering bull with knives in their hands and immediately proceeded to stab him in the neck. The bull immediately jumped to his knees and everyone scattered. The bull fell down, but was actively moving its legs and head.

 

Bison Slaughter 3

 

The teenagers once again proceeded to stab him in the neck several more times.

 

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He fought for his life as they stabbed him, raising his legs and hindquarters toward the sky in a desperate attempt to get away from his attackers.

 

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The teenagers were giving up.

Then the adult hunters arrived. One of the hunters walked up to the struggling bull and shot it.

 

Bison Slaughter 9

 

The three of us are incredibly distraught at having to witness such a horrendous scene. I am certain that we will never forget the experience.

These two magnificent bulls had spent their lives living within Yellowstone. They lived their lives grazing and strolling along the rivers and roads of the park. They had become immune to vehicles and people. They lacked a fear mechanism that would allow them to avoid or defend themselves from such a brutal attack. When these two magnificent bison migrated across the park boundary, they were just strolling along a road and grazing like they always did. Hunters then pulled-up in a truck and shot them from a few yards away. This murder continued with the brutal stabbing and final slaughter of one of them. There is no skill to this type of “hunting,” which is really nothing more than a slaughter.

Witnessing this brutality makes me wonder how many other bison have succumbed to a similar death.

With the Buffalo,

Larry A. Lyons
BFC Volunteer

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6 thoughts on “Bull Bison Brutally Stabbed by Hunters

  1. I was just writing on this incident when your e-mail came in! I’ll just post what I had written.
    In an article on tribal hunting in Yellowstone, Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks expressed ethical concerns, unenforceable by law, like how some of the bison are hunted and how the wounded animals are treated.

    Buffalo Field Campaign has graphically described how one unfortunate injured bison was treated by a group of teens:

    “The teenagers came down to the suffering bull with knives in their hands and immediately proceeded to stab him in the neck. The bull immediately jumped to his knees and everyone scattered. The bull fell down, but was actively moving its legs and head. The teenagers once again proceeded to stab him in the neck several more times.

    “He fought for his life as they stabbed him, raising his legs and hindquarters toward the sky in a desperate attempt to get away from his attackers. The three of us are incredibly distraught at having to witness such a horrendous scene. I am certain that we will never forget the experience.
    “These two magnificent bulls had spent their lives living within Yellowstone. They lived their lives grazing and strolling along the rivers and roads of the park. They had become immune to vehicles and people. They lacked a fear mechanism that would allow them to avoid or defend themselves from such a brutal attack. When these two magnificent bison migrated across the park boundary, they were just strolling along a road and grazing like they always did. Hunters then pulled-up in a truck and shot them from a few yards away. This murder continued with the brutal stabbing and final slaughter of one of them. There is no skill to this type of “hunting,” which is really nothing more than a slaughter.

    “Witnessing this brutality makes me wonder how many other bison have succumbed to a similar death.”

    The description of that poor bison’s death, of course, begs the question, “What kind of people could indulge in such savagery, such brutality on an already suffering animal?”

    We know the answer. No matter what religion, what race, what class–they are ignorant and savage

  2. Is anyone going to be able to do anything to these parasites or do we have to embrace for another race to murder and carnage??? If these are from a tribe, is there anyone in that tribe to control these assholes?

  3. That’s the excuse we’re always given – that a good hunter doesn’t cause undue suffering and makes a quick kill. What a sorry excuse for ‘hunters’. At first I thought it was just a bunch of evil teenagers.

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