Details Released About Bison Attack; First Confirmed Bison-On-Visitor Injuries of 2017


Yellowstone National Park officials have released information relating to the injury of two Utah visitors to the park, by a wild bison.

According to a park press release, Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, the married couple received injuries after being “butted” by a bison at Mud Volcano, just north of Lake Village in Yellowstone National Park.

Theodore Schrader, 74, and Patsy Holmes, 72, from Heber City, Utah, were taking photographs on a boardwalk at Mud Volcano, when a bison approached them. The bison butted Mrs. Holmes, who then fell into Mr. Schrader and both individuals fell to the ground. Park rangers responded immediately and evacuated the couple from the trail, a quarter mile, to the road. The couple was transported to the Lake Clinic.

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Holmes was transported by Life Flight to Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was in stable condition. Schrader had minor injuries.

No citations were issued to either individual.

In a statement sent to media, the Park reminds visitors that wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild.

“When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.”

This is the first confirmed incident of a bison injuring visitors in 2017.

In 2015, five people were injured after approaching bison.