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Six Ways to Die on the National Bison Range

  • August 14, 2019
  • Posted by Megan Marsolek

What could possibly go wrong when you ask a group of high school aged volunteers to work outside in 90 degree weather on the National Bison Range? Apparently, a lot. We managed to make it out unscathed, but made a list of six ways things could have gone wrong while working on the range:

1. Heat Stroke
We had fun running around the range and working outdoors, but we definitely felt the heat when it was over 90 degrees almost every day.

2. Poisonous Plants
A good amount of our work involved removing invasive plants. One of which, Poisonous Hemlock, had to be handled with care.

3. Rattlesnakes
We never saw a rattlesnake (thank goodness) but continued to tread carefully.

4. Bison (otherwise pronounced “Bizen”)
The bison themselves are amazing creatures, but we always had to be aware of the large animals, because they are not to be meddled with.

5. Bugs (WASPS)
There was no end to the wasps. We killed four hives at our camp and still had wasps accompany us at dinner every evening.

6. Bears
Need I say more?


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