By Justin Green

Wild animals are wild. Redundant, but apparently it needed to be said.

Recently in Yellowstone National Park, tourists picked up a bison calf because they thought it might be cold. For hundreds of years, these magnificently powerful creatures have not only survived in the cold, but thrived in the weather.

Have you been to Yellowstone to see these wild beasts during their daily routine? It’s one of the most beautiful sights Mother Nature can provide us. They are brutally strong, yet they gently walk across the fields. It’s peaceful. And majestic.

Another warning I’ve seen is don’t take selfies with the bison. These animals are about four times my size and can outrun me without thinking twice. Why someone would want to get that close to a wild bison is beyond me. But apparently someone has done it.

The same goes for deer wandering through town, nibbling on the vegetables or grass in your backyard.

If you see a fawn, you shouldn’t approach it. Or pet it. Doing so could leave your scent on or near the fawn, causing the doe to reject it.

That’s because wild animals are just that—wild. They have a place in nature, not my yard.

Being an avid deer hunter, I have found myself closer than I would want with grown white-tailed deer. I never approach them. It’s always vice versa. But selfies are out of the question. Why would I turn my back to an animal that close to me?

I can see the desire to load up a fawn and hang out with it. Or even take a selfie with a buck. Could you imagine the likes it would get on Facebook!?

But likes aren’t worth the danger to your life. Or the possible danger to the wildlife.

Cindy Wennin

Cindy Wennin is the Senior Graphic Designer for Texas Farm Bureau.

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