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According to a press release from the Yellowstone National Park Service, a woman was gored and tossed 10 feet into the air after she approached a wild bison in the park.
The report said the woman walked within 10 feet of the bison before it turned around and, consequently, let her know that she should never get that close, by goring her.
She sustained a puncture wound to her body, along with other injuries from being flung so high into the air and hitting the ground on the way down. The release stated she was a 25-year-old visitor from Grove City, Ohio.
“Park emergency medical providers responded to the incident immediately and transported her via ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center,” Yellowstone National Park Service wrote on their website.
Authorities say that the incident is still under investigation and what they know so far is there were two other individuals there who were also within 25 yards from the bison.
The incident happened the morning of May 30, 2022, when bison were walking near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, which is just north of Old Faithful, and she approached one of them.
“This is the first reported incident in 2022 of a visitor threatening a bison (getting too close to the animal) and the bison responding to the threat by goring the individual,” the park said.
Bison are unpredictable, can run three times faster than humans, and have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal.
The park has several signs telling visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from all large animals…bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes, and to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.