What is causing animals to migrate out of Yellowstone National Park? park officials say its food. The question baffling scientist at Yellowstone National Park, involves a mass migration of animals leaving the park. Because Yellowstone sits on a volcano many are speculating that the animals are running away from what could be a super volcano eruption.
The rumors began after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit the park on March 30th. Seismic activity has been increasing lately and this earthquake was the biggest that the park has seen since 1980. The number of buffalo that have been residing in Yellowstone has decreased by almost 25% over the winter and videos have been popping up all over the internet of buffalo fleeing the park, which is what has kept the rumors going.
Yellowstone’s Public Affairs Chief Al Nash says the reason for the migration is because of food and not because of Sunday’s 4.8-magnitude earthquake, which was Yellowstone’s biggest quake in decades but is still just one of the 1,000 to 3,000 temblors the park sees each year. And it’s not, as the caption to the video suggests, because the supervolcano underlying Yellowstone’s hundreds of hot springs and fumaroles is about to erupt catastrophically.
Video from Austin Stonnell.
Huge herd of elk crossing the road in Bozeman, MT near Yellowstone. I have never seen a herd this big. Poor little guy at the end…leave no elk behind.
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