A 25-year-old female tourist was killed after a bison at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming gored and tossed her after she got too close to the bison.
According to a press statement from Yellowstone National Park, as the woman approached the bison on a boardwalk near the Black Sand Basin, the bison “Gored her and tossed her 10 feet into the air.”
The press statement confirmed that the unidentified woman sustained a puncture wound and other injuries.
Park regulations indicate that visitors must stay at least 25 yards (23 meters) away from all large animals including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and moose.
“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached. When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space,” read the statement.
Park emergency medical personnel responded and transferred the tourist from Grove City, Ohio to an Idaho hospital by ambulance.
Yellowstone park officials revealed that the incident is the first bison goring of the year, and warned future visitors that bison are unpredictable, have wounded more people in Yellowstone than any other animal, and can sprint three times faster than humans.
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