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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -

The National Park Service is asking visitors to respect wildlife and safety regulations after some recent park visitors placed a bison calf in their car. 

Yellowstone National Park says the visitors put the bison in the car out of "misplaced" concern for the animal's welfare. Park officials tried to reunite the calf with its herd, but it was rejected and as a result had to be put down because it was approaching cars along the roadway. 

"In terms of human safety, this was a dangerous activity because adult animals are very protective of their young and will act aggressively to defend them," the park said. 

But it's not just people putting wild animals in their cars. In a recent viral video, the park says a visitor came within an arm's length of an adult bison in the Old Faithful area. Another video showed people posing for pictures with bison at extremely unsafe and illegal distances. The park says bison injure more visitors in Yellowstone than any other animal, with five people seriously hurt last season. 

"Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival. Park regulations require that you stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all wildlife (including bison, elk and deer) and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves," the park says. "Disregarding these regulations can result in fines, injury, and even death. The safety of these animals, as well as human safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple rules." 

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