Monday, November 01, 2010
come on hold up!
Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April.
Wypyszinski 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, located between the Madison Junction and Old Faithful, when he heard an unusual sound.
But Wypyszinski says any noise is unusual on that particular highway at 7am.
"I thought it was a horse and carriage," said Wypyszinski. "That was the kind of noise that I heard."
By the time he turned around, the two fuzzy brown images were racing quickly toward him.
Wypyszinski pulled out his camera quickly, thinking he was going to catch two moose racing down the highway.
He quickly learned he was mistaken.
"I thought I was having a hallucination or something," said Wypyszinski. "I couldn't believe what that buffalo looked like."
It was a bison, badly burned from the yellow stone geysers and a grizzly bear. the bear wanted lunch and the buffalo was not willing.
The bison escaped but was hunted down by park rangers and shot because of his burns. The bear went hungry.