Wild animals live in the wild and are very scary. Idaho has so many outdoor options that it takes years to cover all of them. Our state is populated with bears, lions, tigers, mountain lions, deer, snakes, and other dangerous animals. (Okay, we'll admit there are no lions or tigers in the Gem State.)

It's important to note that it's rare occurrence for anyone, even an Idahoan, to engage in an unarmed confrontation with a bear. Yet, a man is making national headlines for his actions in Yellowstone National Park, where he kicked a bison. (I highly doubt John Dutton would approve of such behavior.) 


(@bisonunion, Instagram)[/caption]According to a press release from the park, Clarence Yoder of Idaho Falls got too close to a bison herd. The bison didn't like getting kicked, and the forty-year-old was injured. Rangers were called, and Mr. Yoder was treated for medical injuries, released, and then taken into custody. 

Who in their right mind would kick a bison? Get too close to a bison? Park officials charged him with being under the influence so much that he could endanger himself and others, disorderly conduct, approaching wildlife, and disturbing wildlife. 

Was the alleged bison kicker alone? No, he had an accomplice, McKenna Bass, also from Idaho Falls. The thirty-seven-year-old was charged with driving under the influence, interference in yielding to an emergency light, and disturbing wildlife. 

In America, people are innocent until proven guilty. If found guilty, kicking and harassing the bison at Yellowstone is expensive. If convicted, each violation can result in six months in jail and a whopping five thousand dollar fine. 

Let's hope this is the last time someone gets too close to wild animals in a park or the wild. They may look friendly, but they're deadly.

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From Bison to Triceratops - All of Wyoming's Official Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. Wyoming is no different.

The Equality State, or the Cowboy State, depending on which state slogan you want to go with, has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

To be an official thing, a member of the state legislature must write and submit a bill to the legislature declaring that a thing will be the official state thing. Then the legislature votes to pass the bill, or not, if it passes, the governor signs the bill into law and we have a new official state thing.

Here is what we have so far, all of Wyoming's official things. Now you can win big on Wyo Trivia Night if that's a thing that exists.

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