Woman, 71, Gored by Bison in Yellowstone

It's the second such attack this week in the park
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2022 3:00 AM CDT
Updated Jun 30, 2022 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) Update: Another visitor to Yellowstone National Park has been gored by a bison. Park officials said a 71-year-old woman and her daughter inadvertently approached the bison Wednesday on their way back to their vehicle at a Yellowstone Lake trailhead. The woman, who is from West Chester, Pennsylvania, was taken to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming, for treatment, the AP reports. Officials said her injuries were not life-threatening. Our original story from Tuesday follows:

A bull bison attacked a family walking on a boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, goring a 34-year-old man. The Colorado man was with his family when the bison charged the group multiple times, ultimately goring the man in the arm, KBZK reports. He was taken by ambulance to a local medical center and is recovering, 9 News reports. The incident was caught on video by Rob Goodell, who had been following the bison from a distance for a while before the encounter, which is under investigation by park officials.

Goodell tells KDVR that the man got too close to the bison, angering it, and then when a child in the group ran toward an older couple, the bison charged them as well. No one else was injured in the incident. Tourists "always want to get closer and closer for photos," a park manager at a Utah park says. "But ultimately, any time there is a dangerous interaction with wildlife, it’s because the person got too close.” Yellowstone officials noted in a press release that visitors must stay more than 25 yards away from bison: "This is the second reported incident in 2022 of a visitor getting too close to the animal and the bison responding to the perceived threat by goring the individual." (Read more Yellowstone National Park stories.)

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