It's almost tourist season in Montana, and soon out state will be overrun with people wanting to experience everything Big Sky Country has to offer. One of the most popular destinations in the state is Yellowstone National Park. Each year, we hear stories about visitors getting too close to wildlife, and getting injured or even worse. Bison may be big and fluffy, but they aren't known for being friendly.

5 Reasons Montana Bison Are Famous

Typically, the only time we hear news about bison in YNP is when someone gets injured or killed. In April, a man who was reportedly intoxicated was injured after approaching a bison. It was the first reported incident of a visitor being injured by a bison in 2024.

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Bison are incredibly interesting animals, and are famous for a variety of reasons. People refer to bison as fluffy cows, but they're actually quite a bit larger than a cow. Yellowstone National Park is the only place in America where bison have roamed freely since prehistoric times.

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So, why are bison so cool? Well, here are a few facts about bison provided by the National Park Service. Did you know there's a difference between bison and buffalo?

People often confuse bison and buffalo. In North America, the scientific name is bison. The term "buffalo" is believed to come from the French word for beef, "boeuf."

Not a Fluffy Cow

5 Interesting Facts About Bison You Need To Know

If you're planning a trip to YNP, here are a few facts about bison you need to know before you go!

5 Reasons Montana Bison Are Famous (Aside From Killing Tourists)

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