Published May 20, 2016
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—Shamash Kassam, a citizen of Quebec, has been fined and is required to appear in court June 2, 2016 at the Yellowstone Justice Center for putting a bison calf in his vehicle on Yellowstone National Park.
Kassam told a Yellowstone National Park ranger the bison calf in his vehicle because he thought the newborn bison was cold.
As the result of Kassam’s actions, Yellowstone National Park officials euthanized the bison calf after human contact caused rejection by its bison herd, according a statement released on Monday.
In the citation, Kassam told a park ranger he saw the baby bison in the middle of the road and indicated the calf was wet and appeared to be shivering. Not seeing any other bison in the area, he waited 20 minutes to see if any adult bison would come to the calf’s rescue. Kassam said the animal appeared to be seeking warmth from his car’s engine.
Kassam told the park ranger he picked up the calf because otherwise “it would have been roadkill,” the citation states.
The park ranger told Kassam that park visitors are not permitted to intervene with wildlife and that by removing the calf he was preventing the mother from locating it and possibly altering its ability to survive in the wild.
“Kasam stated that he understood what he did was wrong and he would never pick up or disturb any wildlife again,” the citation states.
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