Yellowstone National Park has very clear rules about how close humans can get to animals: 100 yards from bears and wolves and 25 yards from all other large animals. One photographer disobeyed those rules and quickly learned a scary lesson.
Any good wildlife photographer will quickly tell of the importance of respecting wild animals. Yellowstone National Park does its best to convey this to its visitors, many of whom are amateur photographers and tourists who are less versed in interactions with wildlife. I personally remember being sternly admonished upon entering the park to keep a safe distance. Nonetheless, there are always those who ignore the rules in pursuit of a shot, often placing themselves in dangerous situations.
Tour Guide Jody Tibbitts recently happened upon just such a situation, in which a photographer was "practically stomping up to [an elk]." Manny Perez, a man in the tour group, began to film the scene. Just as Tibbitts tried to warn the photographer, the elk charged; luckily, the woman tripped and fell after taking several steps backward, and the elk relented. Nevertheless, it's a stark reminder of the power and unpredictable nature of wild animals and the need for humans to respect them.
Lead image courtesy of Yellowstone National Park, public domain.
[via East Idaho News]