Bison charges at tourist at Yellowstone National Park
A bison charged at a tourist who got a little too close during a visit to Yellowstone National Park.
Cody Godwin, Storyful
A 71-year-old Pennsylvania woman was “inadvertently” gored by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park, marking the third such incident this year and second one this week.
The woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania, was gored by a bison near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake on Wednesday, according to a news release from Yellowstone National Park.
Officials said the woman and her daughter “inadvertently approached” the bison as they were returning to their vehicle at a trailhead. The bull bison then charged the two.
The woman was taken to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said the incident is under investigation, and they did not release the name of the woman.
USA TODAY has reached out to park officials for additional information.
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The incident comes just two days after a 34-year-old Colorado man was gored by a bull bison after getting to close to it near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful. On May 30, a 25-year-old Ohio woman was gored and tossed 10 feet into the air after approaching a bison north of Old Faithful.
Park officials said people should stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals in the park, including bison, adding they can run up to three times faster than humans. If bison are near, people are advised to turn around, go away and avoid interacting with it.
“Approaching bison threatens them and they may respond by bluff charging, head bobbing, pawing, bellowing, or snorting. These are warning signs that you are too close and that a charge is imminent,” the park said in the news release. “Do not stand your ground. Immediately walk or run away from the animal. Spray bear spray as you are moving away if the animal follows you.”
The news comes after Yellowstone National Park partially reopened their gates on June 23 after the park was hit by devastating flooding.
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