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Safety

Yellowstone National Park is a stunning place filled with abundance and beauty. 

It is a geothermal extravaganza that sits atop a slumbering super volcano, which is said to have violently erupted over 60,000 years ago.

Geologists have long debated the caldera’s origin and theories abound as to when the next big eruption is due. 

However, don’t let the dangers of Yellowstone National Park put you off; seismic activity is closely monitored to ensure the safety of park visitors. 

So visitor safety becomes a top priority for Yellowstone National Park rangers, who work closely with local law enforcement and sheriff’s departments.

From bear encounters to unpredictable flash floods and wildfires, Yellowstone offers visitors a truly thrilling experience.

Read the list below to know what Yellowstone National Park safety precautions to follow:

Wildlife Related

Wildlife Related
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Despite how calm they may seem, the animals in Yellowstone are untamed and unpredictable. 

Viewing wildlife from a car is the safest and best option.

Feeding animals is prohibited as animals tend to get dependent on human food.

Due to dependence, they can get aggressive toward people and have to be killed.

Additionally, wild animals carry diseases, so it would be advisable not to touch them.

Here are some safety guidelines pertaining to certain wildlife:

  • Bear: Bears are not violent by nature; they only attack when feeling threatened.

So never run behind bears to take pictures.

When a bear approaches your car, honk at it or drive away.

  • Bison: Stay 20 meters away from Bison because they are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.

The only way to avoid being charged at is when approached by one. 

Do not stand your ground; just turn around and walk away.

  • Elk: Cow Elks are very protective of their calves and can sometimes be ferocious when approached from a blind spot.
  • Wolves: In Yellowstone, generally, they are not a threat as they have become habituated to people around them.

 If you’re still concerned about the wolves in the vicinity. Stand tall and hold your ground; wave your hand like flagella if necessary.

Geothermal activity related

Geothermal activity related
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Due to its volcanic origin, Yellowstone National Park is home to many geothermal features 

The park boasts a wide variety of landscapes, including high plateaus, rivers and lakes, forests and Yellowstone Lake. 

The volcanoes in the park also provide an additional source of heat for the area.

The most common type of geothermal feature found in Yellowstone is hot springs.

There have been more deaths and injuries caused by hot springs than any other natural feature.

It is therefore recommended that visitors stay off boardwalks and designated trails.

Additional safety precautions

  • Yellowstone is above sea level, so tourists should avoid vigorous activity and give themselves time to adjust.
  • Due to past wildfires, trees have been weakened, so they frequently fall without warning.
  • Avoid swimming or crossing streams, as river currents are unpredictable.
  • Drive carefully and keep an eye out for animals; don’t let the surroundings distract you.

Featured Image: Nps.gov

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