JACKSON, Wyo. – Mere days after a woman was attacked by a grizzly bear near Fairy Falls in Yellowstone National Park, another visitor to the country’s oldest national park has been injured by wildlife.
An unnamed 72-year-old woman from California was gored by a bison after it was reported she approached the animal to take its photo. The incident occurred on the evening of June 25 at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground.
The woman sustained multiple puncture-type wounds consistent with a goring. Park rangers provided immediate medical care and the woman was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
“The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” said Yellowstone’s senior bison biologist Chris Geremia. “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors like pawing the ground, snorting, bobbing their head, bellowing, and raising their tail. If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge. To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 yards away, move away if they approach, and run away or find cover if they charge.”
Another visitor was also injured by a bison in an incident on May 20 when a woman was knocked to the ground in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin after approaching the animal too closely.
Park authorities are still investigating the incident.
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