Americas Most Beautiful Park May Be Most Dangerous
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national
park, and it's also America's most beautiful. From the the Old Faithful Geiser,
to the serene mountains and rare wildlife that populate its forests, this
2,219,791-acre plot of land is one of this country's most stunning jewels.
But park officials would like you to keep in mind that, even though it's
technically a park, this is untamed land and it can be very dangerous. Although
deaths are fairly rare on-site, the variety of ways someone could meet their
doom at Yellowstone is pretty shocking when you think about it.
First of all, the buffalo is an awesome creature, but considering the fact that
humans nearly wiped them off the face of the Earth at one point, they have no
qualms about using their beefy heads to bash you...as one 16-year-old girl
Last week, a Taiwanese girl got too close to a buffalo for a photo op and ended
up being gored. Park officials say you should stay 25 yards away from buffalo
and she was only three feet away from this angry brute.
Other dangerous animals include wolves, mountain lions, and bears. Bear attacks
are infrequent, but they do happen. Two bear-related deaths occurred in 2011
just months apart.
Yellowstone's geological features can also cause some serious damage. There are
many hot springs and geysers, some of which can reach up to 250 degrees.
Sometimes these pools aren't visible until hikers are already boiling in them.