Yellowstone bison running for their lives video: Sparks fears of volcanic eruption

(According to, a number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano).


We've seen it before in nature documentaries… flamingos suddenly and inexplicably flee hours before a tsunami while water buffalo stampede away from the sea.

So maybe it's not surprising that a video of running bison started a stampede of rumors.

Captioned "ALERT! Yellowstone buffalo running  for their lives," it was posted a week and a half before an earthquake measuring 4.7 rattled Yellowstone this past Sunday.

“We get some pretty wild rumors out there,” said Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs Chief Al Nash.

Especially because Yellowstone is sitting on what's called a supervolcano.

We never discovered who posted the running bison video and some call it fake, but it  caught the eye of survivalists.

Park officials are ready to knock down the theories.

“Those bison are running because that's what they do every day in Yellowstone. This is the time of the year when bison naturally migrate in and out through the park,” said Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Dan Hottle.

The scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory says despite recent seismic activity said, “We don't anticipate an eruption anytime soon.”

And as for the running bison he added, “We don't find this very convincing new evidence.”

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If you want a predictor of seismic activity, maybe you should ask red wood ants.

A 3 year German study of ants living in mounds on a fault line showed that the ants moved out of their mounds right before earthquakes measuring 2.0 and up.

There were 10 such earthquakes and the ants temporarily departed all 10 times.

But wait a minute, which way were those buffalo going?

“I know exactly where those bison were headed because it's about 100 yards from my house. They were headed back into the park,” Hottle said.

Towards the super volcano?

“They are running into the park,” Hottle said. “If I stayed on the phone with you for 15 minutes longer I can probably point the camera out the window and show you a bison running down my cul-de-sac.”

Talk about a story hitting a dead end. 

Wherever they're headed, at least those bison know  enough to run in the right lane and pass on the left.