WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 9-year-old girl from Florida was thrown into the air after a bull bison charged her at Yellowstone National Park on Monday.
- The park’s public affairs office confirmed the incident after a video posted to Twitter has been circulated by local media.
- In a statement, Yellowstone said that the injured girl was “assessed and treated by park emergency medical providers, and later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.”
A bison in Yellowstone National Park suddenly charged at a group of people on Monday in the Old Faithful Geyser area leaving a 9-year-old girl injured. The bull bison charged the Florida girl and sent her flying into the air.
In a press release on Tuesday, the National Park Service said that the girl, who is still unidentified, was with a group of people who visited the national park in Wyoming. They were standing about five to 10 feet from the bison before it charged.
“My brother and I were looking at the hot springs, and we saw a bunch of people running down the path to the bridge,” Dayton told NBC News on Wednesday. “We saw through the trees some people petting the bison, super close.”
The group of about 50 to 60 people was gathered close to the bison for about 20 minutes before “causing the bison to charge,” according to the park officials. The park’s statement did not specify what caused the bison to charge.
According to Dayton, she was taking a video of the bison eating when the animal suddenly attacked the girl, who was part of a group walking down a nearby path.
“Because it was agitated by all the people and noise, it just kind of attacked,” Dayton said. “After that, everyone was screaming. There were a bunch of kids crying.”
The girl was “assessed and treated by park emergency medical providers, and later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic,” the park service said in a statement. The press release, however, did not mention the extent of the girl’s injuries.
The incident is still under investigation and no citations were issued, according to NBC News.
After the incident, the park service warned guests that animals at Yellowstone National Park are wild and to always stay at least 25 yards from bison, elk, deer and moose.
Source: NBC News