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David Sparks, Ph.D. 3-25 SS Griz Bison
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: March 25, 2011

 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – You have to go to aginfo.net to see pictures but I’m gonna tell a story.The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing 14 more pictures and the end to the tale. Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April. Alex says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park. Of course, he usually has to search the animals out.

It all started when he was driving in the Fountain Flats area when he heard an unusual sound.  Alex  thought it was a horse and carriage. By the time he turned around, two fuzzy brown images were racing quickly toward him.

He pulled out his camera quickly, thinking he was going to catch two moose racing down the highway and quickly learned he was mistaken. It was a bison, badly burned from an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park. That sight was rare enough, but what he saw next was once in a lifetime.

A grizzly was chasing the buffalo  and gaining quickly. Alex stopped his car on the desolate highway and took out his camera.

 We pick our tale up where the photos end. Wypiszinski says once in the safety of the woods the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day. Park rangers had to put the bison down due to the injuries it sustained from the hot springs.  Wypiszinski said the whole event was over just as quickly as it happened. Just another day in Yellowstone National

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