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West Yellowstone officials caution motorists as bison migrate

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 03 2013 06:33:57 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Folks at the Chamber of commerce are cautioning motorists to slow down and stay alert as bison move out of the park.

It happens every year around late winter. Those with the chamber say as many as 300 bison will walk along the Madison River to the highway, traveling to the Horse Butte area.
     
They say you may start to see the buffalo 10 miles from West Yellowstone, near Grayling Creek.
     
That's why they're urging folks to be cautious driving in the area, especially at night.

"Buffalo are very dark. When they stand some place, they just sort of stand there. They're not moving and they're eyes don't really reflect light like other animals seem to so, there are particularly hard to see," says West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marysue Costello.

Folks with the Chamber of Commerce say they see quite a few crashes related to the migration and tell us a couple of their employees have even hit buffalo in the past.