Caught in a Yellowstone bison jam? Turn up the AC/DC

Tourists planning to visit Yellowstone National Park or elsewhere in bison country might want to store some AC/DC on their playlists.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in Montana on Tuesday revealed that the heavy-metal band’s music has helped to clear the roadways of stubborn bison.

“When deputies respond to a bison on the road, they turn on lights and siren and encourage the animals to leave the road with an air horn,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “With a reluctant bison, they’ve been known to play ‘Hells Bells’ over the speakers – that usually seems to work.”

So-called bison jams are fairly common inside Yellowstone National Park, and can leave tourists stranded for 30 minutes or longer.

The iconic critters are encountered outside the park, too, and local motorists can attest that it’s sometimes difficult to persuade a 1,000- to 2,000-pound bison to let traffic pass.

It’s usually a job best left to sheriffs or park rangers.

Yellowstone guidelines call for tourists to remain inside their vehicles when in close proximity to bison, because the enormous animals are surprisingly fast and unpredictable.

But that does not always prevent scary encounters.

Last month a tourist recorded dozens of bison in a stampede. One of the animals smashed into the family’s rental car and cracked its windshield.

It’s doubtful that music would have helped in that case.

However, the power of music is not to be underestimated when it comes to close wildlife encounters.

In late July a hiker in British Columbia, Canada, claimed that she scared off a mountain lion that had been stalking her by playing the heavy-metal song “Don’t Tread On Me” by Metallica.

–Top image courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Other images courtesy of ©Pete Thomas

2 thoughts on “Caught in a Yellowstone bison jam? Turn up the AC/DC

  1. So-called bison jams are fairly common inside Yellowstone National Park, and can leave tourists stranded for 30 minutes or longer.

    OMG, the horror.

    I have seen people impatient with bison crossing, and I have to wonder why on earth they chose Yellowstone as a vacation destination. It isn’t a theme park. I advise a little patience and enjoy seeing the bison.

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