This is causing people to panic unnecessarly. Take a breath and do not believe the hype you see on the internet. There is no imminent danger.
I saw this story on 5 of the sites I listed as no-go-to sources: Before It’s News, RT, WND, Info Wars and Epoch Times. The story seems to have originated at Epoch Times. This Australian news site takes it from there.
Bloggers and survivalists have posted videos online they say show the park’s bison “running for their lives”, reports The Epoch Times.
Worried blogger Jay Lee posted video of a herd of bison he says were “running for their lives” down a Yellowstone road, and warns humans should take notice.
Two. Two bloggers and a lot of reverb. And as I can demonstrate, neither of their concerning observations are anything unusual.
The video shows a decent number of animals in row cantering down the (correct) side of the road. How does he know what they were running from? “Running for their lives” is a bit of an exaggeration. In fact, they run like this rather frequently. Maybe they are running from hunters who illegally shot some earlier in March, or wolves, or bear who are emerging from hibernation. It does look weird but they didn’t look panicked. What about other animals? I don’t see elk and bear running. Or rabbits. Are birds leaving? No mass exodus noted. That would be something that would be more widely reported. The Yellowstone NPS page shows no panic, no drama, no earthquakes, no eruptions imminent. That silence is known as a “news blackout” to the conspiracy-minded. To us, it’s known as “nothing doing.” Other ideas for the manufactured drama are that it’s related to the solar flare eruption or Jesus Christ’s imminent arrival.
While Epoch Times reported on one blogger pontificating about the running of the bison, they cite another who remarks on the “missing” elk. Their numbers are claimed to be a bit low. Are they leaving because of imminent DOOM? Probably more like disease and predators because this in fact does happen periodically, nothing suspicious about it. The “survivalist from Ohio” speculates they sense something “vast and deadly”. Excuse me if I don’t think his hypothesis of bison behavior is all that credible.
There is no doubt this is fed by last week’s earthquake there, a 4.8 magnitude, the largest recorded there since February 1980. But what that means, it’s not clear. The quakes in Yellowstone are related to the huge magma chamber underground. Yellowstone is a capital ‘S’ Supervolcano, not a pipsqueek mountain like Mt. St. Helens. Seismic activity is up recently but, again, that’s not anything unusual. The recent bigger quake was in an area of uplift scientists have been watching for a while.
I know the idea of an erupting supervolcano is scary but we also must realize we put things onto our framework and that may be completely incorrect. We start to see patterns where there really are none. I’m not saying that animals don’t sense environmental changes, because they do, but there is no reason to attribute the manufactured drama of two rather normal observations into something to panic about.Addition: National Park Service rumor control video.