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Teen gored by bison in park is released from hospital

File photo of a bison in Yellowstone National Park (PHOTO: Yellowstone National Park) File photo of a bison in Yellowstone National Park (PHOTO: Yellowstone National Park)
BOZEMAN -

UPDATE: 5/18/15, 4:50 p.m. - 

The 16-year-old girl gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park Friday, is out of the hospital and recovering according to an article in Focus Taiwan News Channel.

Focus Taiwan reports the girl required surgery but is now recovering at the home of her host family.

As we first reported Friday, the girl was part of a group that was standing 3-6 feet from the bison when the incident occurred on Friday afternoon.

Park officials say the girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her.

The park service says visitors should stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, 100 yards from bears and wolves.


May 16, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. - Yellowstone Park officials say the 16-year-old girl injured Friday by a bison was a Taiwanese exchange student who was visiting the Old Faithful area with her host family.

First hand reports say the family joined a group of people watching bison grazing adjacent to a hiking trail. The tourists were said to be three to six feet from the bison. The girl turned her back to the bison to have picture taken when the animal lifted its head, took a couple of steps and gored her. 

When responding rangers arrived on scene, there was a group of people less than ten feet from the grazing bison. The rangers, with assistance from bystanders, moved the girl a safe distance from the bison. The girl was transported to the Old Faithful Clinic, treated and then taken by helicopter ambulance for further medical treatment.


A teenager has been airlifted to a hospital after being gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman Traci Weaver said it happened at 12:20 on Friday afternoon on Geyser Trail near Old Faithful.

She said several people were watching some bison grazing off the trail, and were about three to six feet from the bison.

She said a 16-year old girl turned to have her picture taken and had her back to the bison when it gored her and pushed her to the ground.

Weaver says park rangers responded and took the victim first to Old Faithful Clinic; she was then airlifted to a hospital for further treatment.

The nature and extent of the teen's injuries has not been released, but Weaver says they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Yellowstone National Park website notes that there are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.More information about bison in Yellowstone from the park website:

- Number in Yellowstone: Estimated at 4,900 in July 2014.

-- This includes two sub-populations in Yellowstone: Northern Range (3400) and Hayden Valley (1500).

- Size and Behavior

- Male (bull) weighs up to 2,000 pounds, female (cow) weighs up to 1,000 pounds.- May live 12­–15 years, a few live as long as 20 years.- Feed primarily on grasses and sedges.- Mate in late July through August; give birth to one calf in late April or May.- Can be aggressive, are agile, and can run up to 30 miles per hour.

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