YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing Q2 with 14 more pictures and the end to the tale.
Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April.
Wypyszinski says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park.
Of course, he usually has to search the animals out.
It all started when he was driving in the Fountain Flats area, located between the Madison Junction and Old Faithful, when he heard an unusual sound.
But Wypyszinski says any noise is unusual on that particular highway at 7am.
“I thought it was a horse and carriage,” said Wypyszinski. “That was the kind of noise that I heard.”
By the time he turned around, the two fuzzy brown images were racing quickly toward him.
Wypyszinski pulled out his camera quickly, thinking he was going to catch two moose racing down the highway.
He quickly learned he was mistaken.
“I thought I was having a hallucination or something,” said Wypyszinski. “I couldn’t believe what that buffalo looked like.”
It was a bison, badly burned from an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park.