Bison herd surrounds cars at Colorado wildlife sanctuary

Wildlife encounters have not been, and never have been, a rare sight here in Colorado. In fact, over the past few years (especially this year), it seems there have been so many more than usual. While this is probably largely due to the fact that more people have cameras, such as security cameras and their phones still sitting nearby, it is much easier to document wildlife now than by the pass. Still, wildlife, especially at this time of year, is certainly not uncommon here in the Centennial State.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is an area that is essentially a large playground for wildlife, especially bison, that you can drive in. It is a place where you can freely observe these animals in their element.

However, when we venture into THEIR habitat, things do happen. Sometimes bad things, other times scary things, and sometimes … cute and sweet things like this.

Check out these giant bison that seem to enjoy their encounter with a Volkswagen:

YouTube / Steve Hostetler

It’s a little scary to watch so I can’t imagine being inside the car because the bison are BIG. They can weigh anywhere from 1,000 to 2,200 pounds (so some can weigh about as much as a car) and if they decide to charge they can run up to 35 miles per hour. They could cause serious damage to your car and you if you’re not careful.

In general they are fine, but if they feel threatened, just like us humans … they will do whatever they need to do to protect themselves.

What I’m trying to say here is this: never get out of a car or try to get close to a bison (or any wild animal) just so you can get this cool Instagram pic.

This really cool wildlife sanctuary near Denver is home to over 300 animals and is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to visit. You can read more about it HERE.

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