As you drive through some of South Dakota's buffalo-roaming parks, you will pass a number of signs clearly indicating, "Buffalo are dangerous. Do not approach." These signs aren't simply a suggestion—they are imperative to ensuring your safety. As tempting as it may be to get close and snap the perfect selfie, the safest place to view buffalo is from within your vehicle. You should never approach buffalo or try to feed them.
On its website, the National Parks Service warns of the dangers of large wildlife. It states that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison.
As we embark on the summer season ahead, we hope you have the opportunity to encounter and witness the nation's official mammal—but all from a safe, responsible distance. Main image courtesy of Eden Bhatta of The Tainted Tripod.
"Bison can run three times faster than humans can sprint and are unpredictable and dangerous," they explained. "Visitors must give the animals enough space and alter their own behaviour to avoid interacting with an animal in close proximity. Do not approach wildlife, no matter how tame or calm they appear."