The U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday reminded those who visit public lands that the bison rut is underway and that people should be extra careful around the massive animals.
“Male bison are particularly aggressive now, as they congregate in herds to compete, socialize and breed,” the agency explained in a video tweet. “Bulls are on high alert and can get aggravated easily. No matter what time of year, always stay further than 25 yards away!”
For those who wonder just how forceful a male bison can be during the mating season, check out the awesome power on display in the following footage, captured three years ago in Yellowstone National Park.
It shows an angry bison ramming, lifting and propelling another bison 30 feet off the highway.
Male bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds, and the animals can run up to 30 mph. They warrant respect at all times, but particularly during the July-August rut.
Story originally appeared on For The Win