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A trip to Yellowstone ended with a man arrested for kicking a bison

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A man who kicked a bison in the leg was later injured by one of the animals in Yellowstone National Park, park officials say.

Park rangers arrested and jailed him after he was treated for minor injuries.

Park rangers received a call about the man allegedly harassing a herd of bison and kicking one about 11 kilometers inside the park’s west entrance on April 21th.

Rangers arrested the man in a car driven by another person near West Yellowstone, Montana, Yellowstone officials said in a statement Monday.

Park officials did not describe the injuries caused by the bison to the 40-year-old man. He was charged with being under the influence of alcohol, disorderly conduct and approaching and disturbing wildlife.

His 37-year-old companion was charged with driving under the influence, refusing to yield to a police car and disturbing wildlife.

The two men from Idaho Falls, Idaho, pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court on April 22.

Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, with bulls weighing up to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Despite their size, bison can sprint up to 40 mph (65 kilometers per hour). They regularly injure tourists who get too close.

Yellowstone officials urge people to stay at least 80 feet (25 yards) away from any large wildlife in the park.

Some Yellowstone facilities began opening their doors for the busy summer season last week, a process that will continue through June.

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