WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) – 13 bison have been killed or needed to be euthanized after their herd was struck by a semi truck concerned in an accident with two different automobiles on a darkish Montana freeway simply exterior Yellowstone Nationwide Park, authorities stated Friday.
The semi truck hit the bison after darkish Wednesday night time. Some bison have been killed within the crash, and others have been euthanized because of the severity of their accidents, the West Yellowstone Police Division stated. stated in a press release.
Nobody within the truck or the 2 different automobiles was injured, Police Chief Mike Gavagan stated.
Authorities stated they’re investigating the reason for the accident, which occurred at about 6:30 pm Wednesday on US Freeway 191, simply north of the city of West Yellowstone. The city serves as a western gateway to Yellowstone Nationwide Park.
Police initially stated all three automobiles struck the bison however later reported that solely the truck did.
Velocity could not have been an element within the accident, police stated, though “street circumstances on the time would have dictated touring beneath the posted velocity restrict.”
Bison within the area typically congregate close to roads within the winter, the place it’s simpler for them to navigate amid heavy snow, the police division stated. The animals may be troublesome to see at night time due to their darkish brown coloration and since their eyes don’t mirror mild, together with headlights, the way in which deer’s eyes do, it stated.
“We take care of wildlife which might be struck and killed on the roads in our space frequently because of the abundance of wildlife in our space and our shut proximity to Yellowstone Nationwide Park,” the police assertion stated.
“We’re all the time saddened by any of those incidents, particularly when so many animals are misplaced.”
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