Curbing bison numbers is the aim of a winter culling plan. Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A nine-year-old girl was injured by a bull bison Monday afternoon in the Old Faithful Geyser area of Yellowstone National Park.

According to a press release and witnesses, a group of approximately 50 people stood within five to 10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before the bison eventually charged. The girl from Odessa, FL was charged and tossed into the air.

The girl was taken to Old Faithful Lodge by her family, where she was assessed and treated by park emergency medical providers. She was later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

The incident is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued.

Yellowstone officials remind the public that wildlife in the park is, in fact, wild. If you see an animal near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or developed area, give it space. Stay at least 25 yeards away from all large animals and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. If necessary, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with wildlife too closely.

Read more about safety in the park, including how to behave around wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to take the Yellowstone Pledge.