Millions of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park every year just to see the bison, and there is a 100 percent chance you will see them on the roadways. Many speculate that it is because the roads make it easier for them to travel in the deep snow, making their migration easier. And then there are those ignorant folk who believe they are tame and they are cattle to the National Park.
That story is for another time.
During our two years in Yellowstone we fell in love with the bison, but guess what? While they use the roads for convenience and migration, it was not the humans who made the initial trails. You see when the roads were being built, the engineers followed the bison trails, figuring they would be the most efficient way to get through the park. Now almost all of the roads in the park are old bison roads, so it would be natural for them to continue to use them.
The bison, are indeed, wild and while they appear to be a welcoming committee, they are just trying to get to the next lush lunch spot.
They are often kind enough let others hitch a ride,
And sometimes they have to take shortcuts,
But I wonder, in the day, was it really the most efficient way, with the babies in tow,
Or was it the most scenic route.
Wind Kisses, Donna