WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A bison charged an older woman in Yellowstone after she was reportedly moving too close to take photos.
- The unnamed woman was taken to the Idaho hospital for treatment after suffering from multiple wounds.
- Park authorities explained that a bison usually react if it feels threatened, noting that the animal sends some warnings first.
On Monday, Yellowstone National Park officials said that a bison gored a 72-year-old woman attempting to take snaps of the animal.
The unidentified Californian woman has reportedly suffered from multiple piercing wounds and transferred to an Idaho hospital on Thursday. The National Park Service withheld other information related to the woman and the incident.
In a statement, the park said the woman moved closer or 10 feet from the bison several times to take a picture. Yellowstone Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia explained the bison might have felt threatened after the woman’s repeated actions.
Park authorities warn its guests not to approach wildlife and maintain a least a distance of 25 yards away from animals such as elk and bison. For other animals, such as bears or wolves, park-goers are cautioned to keep at no less than 100 yards distance.
“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,” Geremia added. “If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge.”
The said incident occurred at the woman’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowlake’s northwestern area.
The park describes bison as enormous animals but can run up to a maximum of 35 mph. A bull bison can reach a weight of up to 2,000 pounds.
Reports of bison charges on humans already happened in Yellowstone in the past, including a case last month when a park guest was banged to the ground after staying too close in the Upper Geyser Basin, the park confirmed at the time. The visitor reportedly declined assistance going to a hospital.
That case happened while Yellowstone was having a trial reopening procedure coming from a coronavirus closure.
A bull bison attacked a 9-year-old girl at Yellowstone Park in July of 2019. The incident was after the animal felt threatened by a crowd of people who were nearby. The girl was treated for non-critical injuries that did not require admission.
Other than bison, a female grizzly bear in Yellowstone has reportedly attacked a 37-year-old woman last week. The park said the woman did not suffer a severe injury.
Yellowstone holds the record for the sixth most famous national park last year, with close to 4 million leisure visits. Yellowstone is also the first to be declared a national park since 1872.