A 72-year-old woman from California is now recovering from injuries after being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. This happened near the woman's campsite last week at the Bridge Bay Campground in Northwest Wyoming.
According to officials, she tried getting close to the bison several times because she said she just wanted to take a picture. But park visitors are supposed to stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals in the park...
Thankfully, park rangers were able to immediately provide the woman with medical care before she was flown on a 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 woman was also gored at the park just last month... Officials say this attack serves as another reminder that wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is just that, "wild."
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