Amateur Photog Captures a Grizzly Chasing Down a Bison at Yellowstone

From Field & Stream:

Alex Wypyszinski, a retired professor and amateur photographer, shot this amazing series of photos of a grizzly bear chasing down an injured bison when he stopped to take photos of geysers in Yellowstone National Park in May. We got the story from the man behind the camera, who works at a post office in the park during the summers.

What a phenomenal place to photograph.  And what a phenomenal thing to stumble upon.  The bison got away, btw.

“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.

Yes, the bison got away, but it was mercifully killed by park rangers the next day.  [via Cynical-C]

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