A California woman is in the hospital after she was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. The 72-year-old was reportedly trying to take photos of the bison at the time.
A California woman is in the hospital after she was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. The 72-year-old was reportedly trying to take photos of the bison at the time. pic.twitter.com/hnVerNegaE
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NBC News reports a 72-year-old California woman trying to take photos of a bison was gored by the animal at Yellowstone National Park, park officials said Monday.
The woman, who was not identified by the park, “sustained multiple goring wounds” and was flown to an Idaho hospital Thursday, the National Park Service said. Requests for more details on the woman’s condition were not immediately returned Monday night.
She “approached within 10 feet of a bison multiple times to take its photo,” the park service said in a statement.
The bison most likely felt threatened after being repeatedly approached, Yellowstone Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia said in the statement.
The park urges people to stay away from wildlife and to keep at a minimum of 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk. For bears or wolves, visitors are told to stay at least 100 yards away.
“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,” Geremia said in the statement. “If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge.”
The incident happened at the woman’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground, on the northwestern side of Yellowstone Lake.
Bison attacks on humans have occurred in Yellowstone before, including just last month. They are massive animals, and bull bisons can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. A bison can run at speeds up to 35 mph, the park says.
In May, a visitor was knocked to the ground by a bison after getting too close in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin, the park said at the time. The visitor refused transportation to a medical facility.
That incident occurred as Yellowstone was conducting a phased reopening after being closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.