Woman injured by bison in Yellowstone National Park after getting too close

Katie Ramirez
June 8, 2018

Officials say a California woman was gored by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park after a crowd of visitors got too close to the animal on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

On 1 May, a woman from Idaho was slightly injured as she walked on a trail in the park.

Ms Hancock, from Santa Rosa, California, was taken to a hospital in Montana with a hip injury.

Authorities in Yellowstone are reporting a visitor was injured yesterday by a bison at Fountain Paint Pots in the Lower Geyser Basin.

The bison - which can weigh up to 2,000lb - got agitated and crossed the boardwalk, charging the crowd and goring Hancock.

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Park officials said that, at one point, people in the group were closer than 15ft from the bison. Park officials aren't sure if it was the same elk. Past year there were five bison attacks in the park.

Watch your step at Yellowstone National Park.

Earlier this week, two women were attacked by female elk protecting their calves, according to USA Today. The startled animal head-butted her off the path. One person was injured by bison in 2017, and there were five incidents in 2015, according to the National Park Service.

'Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be, ' the park's guidelines state. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space".

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