Yellowstone Bison NOT An Indication Of Volcanic Activity

David Dunford

A series of earthquakes have residents living near the Yellowstone National Park concerned there may be a volcanic eruption, and this was further compounded by a video showing bison fleeing the are in a panic. While the Yellowstone caldera is long overdue for an eruption, one that would be catastrophic for the world, and especially America, the USGS, (United States Geological Society), sheds new light on the fleeing bison, and it is not the apocalyptic end people are fearing. For starters, the earthquakes had not even begun when the video of the bison was taken.

According to the experts at, the bison video at Yellowstone Park was more a fear mongering hoax than a sign of impending doom.

"...any animal migrations are typical for this time of year. Most of the recent videos on the internet that show running bison were filmed weeks (at least) before Sunday's earthquake. "

Still, it is common knowledge that animals will begin to escape an area just before a volcanic eruption, as seen in the 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helen's in Washington, and even in the observations made thousands of years ago in Pompeii. So why is the bison of Yellowstone any different? It all comes down to size.

Yellowstone National Park is a super-massive volcanic cauldron covering many miles and is relatively flat, unlike normal volcanoes that form into large, mountainous peaks. With normal volcanoes such as Mt. Saint Helen's and Mt. Vesuvius, enormous amounts of pressure build up under the mountain cap and explode violently when the weight of the ground becomes weaker than the pressure of the lava and gasses underneath it. Yellowstone is vastly different from these kinds of volcanoes, and this is good news for humans. The Yellowstone caldera is constantly releasing pressure from over ten thousand thermal features, reducing the explosive pressure needed for such an immense eruption to happen. According to the National Park Service website, (, the worst signs we will see of volcanic activity in our lifetime wouldn't even make it on a Netflix original series.

"The most likely activity would be lava flows such as those that occurred after the last major eruption. Such a lava flow would ooze slowly over months and years, allowing plenty of time for park managers to evaluate the situation and protect people. No scientific evidence indicates such a lava flow will occur soon."

So why the big hype over bison migration in Yellowstone park? According to Leo Leckie, the man who recorded the bison migration, it's all about making people afraid.

"Those bison were running for the sake of running," Leckie said in an interview Thursday. "There was nothing chasing them. There was no mudslide. They were just running."

Added Leckie: "And they were running into the park, not away from it."

The trouble started two weeks later, "after we had a swarm of earthquakes here — one of them a 4.8."

"That's when things really exploded," he said. "Eruptionists and conspiracists pirated the video and misrepresented it, suggesting that it was shot after the earthquakes. Then news agency after news agency started picking up on it, without looking at the original video to see what my actual intent was."

Watch Leo Leckie's Bison video below.

(Contribution thanks to Louis Sahagun of the Los Angeles Times)

So when it comes to fleeing bison, birds or other animals from Yellowstone, people shouldn't be too concerned that the end is near. Where it concerns "the big one," you're going to have to wait at least ten thousand years to witness it. And chances are it won't be what you were waiting for in the first place. Yellowstone still has a few million years in the window for a complete eruption, and by then we may have found a more habitable planet to reside on.

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