YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing Q2 with 14 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.

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. “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.

“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 14 hair-raising pictures. 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.

  1. bobbo, Pedro's donkey came and shiat! says:

    Little help? What are these “hot spots” that buffalo are too stupid to keep away from? I’d think burned fur would require flame, not super hot water.

    Anyway, if dumb animals aren’t aware of whatever the risk is, I suggest the Pukes hold their next convention there. Like the buffalo, the survivors could be shot for their own good. Ha, ha. ((yes, sarcasm off.))

  2. Special Ed says:

    That bear is thinking, “rip the horns off, wipe his ass, walk him by a match and I’ll eat it.”

  3. McCullough says:

    Really bobbo….politics? Really? Alfie? That you?

  4. bobbo, Pedro's donkey came and shiat! says:

    Hey, its a slow day. Might as well cast a big net.

    Of the two issues presented, I’m much more interested in just how the bison got burned. Just assuming few people know that, whereas…..

  5. ± says:

    WOW to #1 for that great leap from the post topic to your religion.

  6. admfubar says:

    nuts and berries??!! hey bo bo (bobo??) let get us some bison baskets!

  7. ECA says:

    there are spots that the animals use to keep warm. They FLASH HOT, and 300-600f and MUCH higher in moments..and can stay that way for a time.
    The Hair is falling off, as the MEAT under it has been Flash cooked.

    Its like this.
    DO YOU REALLY think a hot spring STAYS the same temp all the time? NOPE..and Yellow stone is the WORST as its Volcanic. Major tamp changes happen all the time. An animal could be enjoying a HOT bath and all of a sudden, the water FLASH HEATS and evaporates as High pressure HOT STEAM. can you say PAR BOILED?

  8. bobbo, Pedro's donkey came and shiat! says:

    ECA–thanks for dumbing down your post so I could understand it. Makes sense.

    So, what you are saying is the electrons just got too excited?

    Funny, you are exactly right. I was assuming those pools stayed at near constant temperature, but just thinking about it, what would be the odds of that?


  9. Mr. Fu says:

    What better way to have your consciousness removed from existence than have your body ripped apart by a grizzly bear?

  10. bobbo, Pedro's donkey came and shiat! says:

    Maybe Billy Joel sang it best:

    “Some love is just a lie of the heart….
    I’ve lived long enough to have learned,
    The closer you get to the fire,
    the more you get burned.”

    A Matter of Trust.

    Hot water too.

  11. sargasso_c says:

    I wouldn’t want to be changing a tire.

  12. TooManyPuppies says:

    PETA says what?

  13. A+ says:

    kudos to the guy who shot the photos. You sir are brave…or stupid…either way impressive nonetheless.

  14. shutterbug says:

    Dang, and I thought seeing a grizzly take down a wolf this summer was a once in a lifetime opportunity in Yellowstone. This definitely trumps it.

  15. Whom was chasing whom ?
    Looks like a pretty cool day to me in the snow
    The abominable snowman ? Snowmen ?
    Or a UFO from the Coast to Coast late night radio show
    Art Bell I saw aliens at Yellowstone Park on the road
    Or perhaps just a couple of cold grizzly bears trying to warm up in the cold

  16. Special Ed says:

    Apparently the bison was burned in his makeshift meth lab.

  17. chris says:

    I would rather see the after picture. Bears don’t don stupid costumes to shoot people, so I am going to root for them. Daaa Beaaaaaaaars!

  18. Mr. Show says:

    “the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day”.

    Take that you stupid bear. Just damn, I was rooting for the bison to live.

    Is this some allegory? Not really. To paraphrase Freud: sometimes a bear chasing bison is just a bear chasing bison (without the snark).

  19. bobbo, Pedro's donkey came and shiat! says:

    Of course this is an allegory: the bear market conditions chasing the bull bison wallstreet criminals. The Bull Bison Wallstreet Criminals stood too close for too long to the hot water and the bear market is chasing it down. The Bull escapes thru the TARP of the thicket of lying politicians but eventually it will be put down by the same Congress. Not before a lot of unnecessary suffering though.

  20. oldman says:

    Doesn’t bear hibernate?

  21. clancys_daddy says:

    Its brave when you get away with it, stupid when you don’t.

  22. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    #20 The article says it occurred in April, so I figure the bear woke up and had major hunger pains. And then the Bison escapes, all before his morning coffee. One p***ed off bear!

  23. deowll says:

    If the bison was running that strong they didn’t have to put it down. They just decided to put it down. When you have natural predators like grizzly around they will put down any animal that isn’t strong and some that are.

  24. oldman says:


    Thanks, I missed the April time frame. You’re right, that would be a very hungry bear.

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