A 71-year-old Pennsylvania woman has become the second person in about three days time to be gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. This also marks the third attack within only 32 days.
A statement released by the National Park Service confirmed that attack which occurred near Yellowstone’s Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake, in which the woman and her daughter “inadvertently approached the bison as they were returning to their vehicle at the trailhead, causing the bull bison to charge.”
Thankfully the woman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Currently the incident is still under investigation by park service and no additional updates have been provided.
ABC News reported on the story:
A 71-year-old woman was gored by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park, making her the third person attacked by a bison at the park this year.
A park official said that the Pennsylvania woman and her daughter were headed back to their vehicle at Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake on Wednesday when they inadvertently approached the bison, causing it to charge at them.
The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was sent to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming.
The first attack occurred when a 34-year-old man was “walking with his family on a boardwalk when a bull bison charged the group.”
“Family members did not leave the area, and the bull bison continued to charge and gored the male,” the park service said in a statement. The man suffered an arm injury and was taken to a hospital.
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Back on May 30, a 25-year-old woman was also attacked by a bison and thrown ten feet into the air after attempting to walk up to the animal. The woman “sustained a puncture wound and other injuries,” the park service said.
The National Park Service has instructed visitors to remain at least 25 yards away from large animals such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and moose, and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.