CASPER, Wyo. — A 72 year old California woman was gored after approaching a bison to take photos, according to a Yellowstone National Park release.
“The incident occurred on the evening of June 25, 2020, at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground,” the release states.
The woman was gored after approaching the bison within 10 feet to take its photo. Park rangers provided her with immediate medical care after she sustained multiple gore wounds, according to Yellowstone. She was then flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center via helicopter for further medical attention.
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“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.”
Yellowstone says the incident remains under investigation.
“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild,” the release adds. “When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay more than 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.”