How do you get a 1,000 kg bison out of the way? Blast ’em with some AC/DC

There are parts of the continent where large animals are traffic hazards. Elk, deer, moose, and even the occasional bear can create havoc by blocking roads or worse still, getting hit by vehicles. Best that they stay off the road.

Bison are a big problem in Montana. The animals, which can reach 1,000 kg when fully grown, often mosey onto roads and highways. This is not ideal.

When a “bison on the road” call comes in (I wonder what the code is for that?), local police are called to sort out the situation. The standard remedy for getting them to move is to turn on the sirens and flashers. That, however, doesn’t always work.

The Sheriff’s office in Gallatin County seems to have found a new solution that works almost 100% of the time: Blasting the animals with AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.”

Why? No idea. But a little Brian and Angus is enough to get them to wander back into the forest.

Via Exclaim and The NME.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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