I agree with you Q2hunter. I might be in the minority here, but I have to respectfully disagree with some others on this one. Without knowing what happened before or after the video was rolling and basing my opinion strictly on what I saw on the video, I have no problem with what this guy did. I was stationed out in Montana and Idaho for 8 years and have owned and rode snowmobiles many times out west including several times in Yellowstone Park where close encounters with large wild animals is routine. Maybe this guy could have used more precaution here but without being there and fully knowing the situation, I don’t know. What I do know is he defended himself and his son when he had reason to believe they were in grave danger. I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing. I applaud the guy for what in my opinion was a reasonable attempt to diffuse the situation and only resorting to violence after he was attacked and was about to be attacked again. I go to the woods and hunt and try to kill these same animals by surprise. I’m not going to question a guy for killing one in self defense.
I’m not passing judgement but rather commenting on observation. I say there was no calf present. If you notice, when the cow stepped off of the trail, she was up to her elbows in the soft snow. Any calf would most likely have also been on the packed trail with her due to the soft powder or following in her trail. Just sayin’.