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Grizzly versus Bison: the rest of the story (Photos)
KRTV.COM ^ | October 29, 2010 | Drew Trafton

Posted on 10/30/2010 2:34:07 PM PDT by jazusamo

The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing sister station KTVQ in Billings with more pictures and the end to the tale.

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.

NEW PHOTOS BELOW

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 an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park.

The sight of such an injured bison alone is rare, but what Wypyszinski saw next was once in a lifetime.

"Never, ever, ever," said Wypyszinski. "I've seen plenty of bear, and more buffalo. But I've never seen anything like that before."

A grizzly was chasing the buffalo (which was practically cooked already) and gaining quickly.

Wypyszinski stopped his car on the desolate highway and took out his camera.

"I stood along the car as long as I thought it was safe."

The two beasts passed the man by without paying any notice.

The result: these hair-raising pictures.

We pick our tale up where the photos end.

Wypiszinski says once in the safety of the woods the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day.

Park rangers had to put the bison down due to the injuries it sustained.

Wypiszinski said the whole event was over just as quickly as it happened.

Just another day in Yellowstone National Park.

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly

Bear vs Grizzly



TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bison; duplicate; grizzlybear
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1 posted on 10/30/2010 2:34:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Wouldn’t you abandon a trash heap for a pre-broiled steak?


2 posted on 10/30/2010 2:37:05 PM PDT by txhurl (If we can shake Congress like a can of pennies, we can uproot voter fraud like a D-9.)
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To: george76; girlangler; Flycatcher; GladesGuru

Strange Ping! :)


3 posted on 10/30/2010 2:37:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: txhurl

Yep, looks like that Grizzly can already taste him.


4 posted on 10/30/2010 2:38:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

5 posted on 10/30/2010 2:39:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Quix
UFO- Alien floating bear chasing injured Moose!


6 posted on 10/30/2010 2:39:41 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: jazusamo

WOW! Amazing! I had only seen the first one on TV a few days ago (KRTV is a local channel of mine), the others make it absolutely amazing.


7 posted on 10/30/2010 2:40:53 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: jazusamo

hoverbear hovers

8 posted on 10/30/2010 2:42:00 PM PDT by steveo (2010 never again)
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To: jazusamo

Those pics are Awesome ! Thank you for posting !!


9 posted on 10/30/2010 2:46:00 PM PDT by onona (dbada)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I’m surprised they didn’t have this all over the news, maybe they will this evening with the new pics..


10 posted on 10/30/2010 2:46:14 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

bookmark


11 posted on 10/30/2010 2:48:21 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Cvengr; steveo

LOL! Alien hovering bear. He’s pickin’ em up and puttin’ em down.


12 posted on 10/30/2010 2:48:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Cvengr

LOL.

LOVE IT.


13 posted on 10/30/2010 2:49:07 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: steveo

I kinn uze hwy sistms to have steak?


14 posted on 10/30/2010 2:49:07 PM PDT by txhurl (If we can shake Congress like a can of pennies, we can uproot voter fraud like a D-9.)
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To: steveo
"hoverbear hovers"

Come on! That asphalt is freezing, and he's - ah, bear foot.

15 posted on 10/30/2010 2:49:26 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: jazusamo

Too bad that the Park rangers had to put the bison down


16 posted on 10/30/2010 2:49:30 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Agreed, it’s amazing he escaped the grizzly.


17 posted on 10/30/2010 2:52:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: All

mamma grizzly chases “herd mentallity” liberal.

GO GET ‘EM SARAH!!!!!


18 posted on 10/30/2010 2:52:13 PM PDT by ak267
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To: jazusamo

I heard somewhere a healthy bear can run the 100 in the 8 second range,4wheel drive with claws.


19 posted on 10/30/2010 2:54:38 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: jazusamo

We drive on that road all the time. Would have liked to seen that. We watched a grizzly chase an elk herd from our deck last month and take one down. They can really haul ass. Surprised the buff got away.


20 posted on 10/30/2010 2:56:53 PM PDT by Troublemaker
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To: jazusamo

Amazing photos thank you for posting them.


21 posted on 10/30/2010 2:57:13 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Troublemaker

I’m surprised too. What a beautiful pic on your homepage, you truly live in Gods country.


22 posted on 10/30/2010 3:00:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: steveo

Would be interesting to intro hoverbear to hovercat.

LOL.


23 posted on 10/30/2010 3:00:34 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner; Allegra; thackney

Really cool pictures ping.


24 posted on 10/30/2010 3:01:22 PM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: jazusamo

25 posted on 10/30/2010 3:02:00 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If Obama was the answer---that must have been one stupid question!)
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To: Troublemaker

I’m shocked with all that snow that the bear wasn’t still hibernating! Or half asleep!


26 posted on 10/30/2010 3:02:30 PM PDT by BelleAl (Proud to be a member of the party of NO! NO more deficit spending and government control!)
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To: jazusamo

Fast food bump.


27 posted on 10/30/2010 3:04:20 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

She fits right in. lol


28 posted on 10/30/2010 3:04:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Troublemaker

The Bison had a better chance to outrun the Bear on the pavement. In the brush the Bear will win. But the poor Bison was so nadly burned, the winter would have frozen him anyway so the Bear just got fresh rather than frozen.


29 posted on 10/30/2010 3:08:19 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: BelleAl

I’d say the bear was very hungry or really likes cooked bison.


30 posted on 10/30/2010 3:08:19 PM PDT by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: jazusamo
Awesome photos!! I love the hover-bear ones.

Last time I was in Jellystone I was riding in the back seat of my friends Subaru wagon. At one point were stopped in traffic waiting for bison to clear the road. One bison approached the car and came up to my window about two feet away and was just looking right at me. I was going to take a photo, and just then the hell hounds in the back of the car woke up and started howling at the beast. I threw myself to the other side of the car thinking I was about to be gored. Thank god the bison took off and did not come through the window.

I love Yellowstone!

31 posted on 10/30/2010 3:10:13 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: txhurl

Medium rare, and on the hoof.


32 posted on 10/30/2010 3:13:31 PM PDT by irishtenor (All that I say, all that I do, is predestined.)
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To: MHGinTN
"The Bison had a better chance to outrun the Bear on the pavement. In the brush the Bear will win."

The bison escaped, but the rangers capped him later:

"Wypiszinski says once in the safety of the woods the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day. Park rangers had to put the bison down due to the injuries it sustained.

33 posted on 10/30/2010 3:19:30 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: george76
Too bad that the Park rangers had to put the bison down

Yes but Buffalo meat is great...tastes just like Moose.

34 posted on 10/30/2010 3:22:34 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: Flag_This

I hope they served the Bear the repast.


35 posted on 10/30/2010 3:22:57 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: jazusamo

That’s Slough Creek in the Northeast portion of Yellowstone. Fish there quite a bit and it’s in prime grizzly and wolf territory.


36 posted on 10/30/2010 3:24:11 PM PDT by Troublemaker
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To: jazusamo

That looks like a Black Bear to me.

Still, a tremendous series of wildlife photos.


37 posted on 10/30/2010 3:27:11 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: jazusamo; Troublemaker

Gallatin County is God’s Heaven on earth.


38 posted on 10/30/2010 3:30:54 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: george76
“Too bad that the Park rangers had to put the bison down”

Too bad Hover-bear did not get the kill, and feast for days before going to bed for the winter. He looks so happy in his hover photo. He looks confident that his parboiled buffalo is a sure bet, and then he blows it.

Poor Hover-bear.

39 posted on 10/30/2010 4:11:20 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: happygrl
If that is a black bear, it is chasing a miniature bison.
40 posted on 10/30/2010 4:11:34 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I heard moose tastes like buffalo


41 posted on 10/30/2010 4:16:45 PM PDT by Krankor (I can't see me loving nobody but you- for all my life.)
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To: Krankor
I heard moose tastes like buffalo

Ayuh.

Nice lean beef-like meat. Of course the flavor depends somewhat on what the critter's been eating.

42 posted on 10/30/2010 4:21:29 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“Nice lean beef-like meat. Of course the flavor depends somewhat on what the critter’s been eating. “

So grizzly tastes like bison?


43 posted on 10/30/2010 4:36:30 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: jazusamo
I'm surprised they didn't have this all over the news.

Shep Smith will be all over this story. Anything for another excuse to show 'trampoline bear'.

44 posted on 10/30/2010 4:37:58 PM PDT by sportutegrl (Why are they called Musketeers if they fight with swords?)
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To: sportutegrl

Heh heh heh

I didn’t think of that and you’re probably right. :-)


45 posted on 10/30/2010 4:44:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: driftdiver
So grizzly tastes like bison?

No, but apparently Grizzly has developed a taste for Bison.

46 posted on 10/30/2010 4:45:28 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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47 posted on 10/30/2010 4:57:14 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That’s funnier than hell!


48 posted on 10/30/2010 4:59:53 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: TheMom

Thanks.

Makes me miss Alaska


49 posted on 10/30/2010 5:07:00 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: jazusamo

What is there no law against grizzlies chasing bisons...what is the gubmint gonna do bout it...Save the Bison.


50 posted on 10/30/2010 5:14:17 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Christ died for our sins...)
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