Canadian man puts bison calf in car

Fined for actions; calf killed

A Canadian man who carried a bison calf in his car at Yellowstone National Park was fined $110 this week.

The man put a bison calf in his car at Yellowstone National Park because he thought the animal was cold. The man who took the calf is Shamash Kassam of Quebec, according to U.S. District Court of Wyoming. Park officials cited Kassam for disturbing wildlife. He  is required to appear in court June 2.

Yellowstone Park wildliife officials killed the bison calf after the human interaction caused the animal to be rejected by its herd, according to park officials.

Kassam told a park ranger he saw the baby bison in the middle of the road near Buffalo Ranch. In the citation, Kassam said the calf was wet and shivering. He said he waited 20 minutes to see if other bison would return for the calf. 

Kassam told the park ranger he picked up the calf because otherwise “it would have been roadkill,” the citation states. Kassam put the calf in the back of his Toyota Sequoia.

The ranger located a bison herd near where Kassam had picked up the calf and released the calf back into the herd, according to the citation, but the calf apparently was not taken back into the herd.

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