“The lady got way too close. She just kept provoking the bison.” –Jake Larsen
The Larsen family of Anoka County, Minesota were on vacation in Yellowstone when they witnessed a woman at the campsite over from them repeatedly got up next to one of two roaming bison over a half hour.
“I could hear the bison making noises and blowing steam out. It was just an accident waiting to happen.” -Jenna Larsen
Jenna was videoing on her phone at the moment the bison began to charge:
“[The woman] got thrown initially maybe 10, 15 feet in the air across and she was unconscious briefly. She got up and it hit her again.” -Jodi Larsen
The mom, Jodi Larsen, is a nurse and immediately got some blankets for the woman, who had no memory of what happened to her. Yellowstone National Park later identified the woman as a 72-year-old from California.
“She didn’t get hit in any vital organs. It was just two gorge marks on the sides of her.” –Jake Larsen
The Larsen’s confirmed there are signs virtually everywhere in Yellowstone warning not to approach the wildlife:
“If you don’t bug them they’re not going to bug you. Especially when you go camping, that’s their home and we’re kind of the invaders. That’s where they live and people need to be respectful of that.” –Jenna Larsen
The woman was airlifted to an Idaho hospital, where she’s since been released. Please folks, respect the animals and go no closer than 25 yards for a bison.