“The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet. 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 Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia
A 72-year-old California woman was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, after got within 10 feet of the animal while attempting to take a photo. The unnamed woman approached the bison multiple times to take photos before it turned on her at her Bridge Bay Campground. The woman sustained “multiple goring wounds” and received immediate medical attention from park rangers before being airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further care.
Yellowstone wants to remind visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards 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.
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