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Bison gores woman in Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 12:05:36-04

BOZEMAN — An Ohio woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, May 30, 2022, after approaching within ten feet of the animal.

A park news release said the 25-year-old woman from Grove City, Ohio approached the bison as it walked near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, just north of Old Faithful. The bison gored the woman on the boardwalk and threw her ten feet into the air.

The woman sustained a puncture wound and other injuries. She was transported via ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after park emergency medical providers responded to the scene.

Two other people were within 25 yards of the bison when the incident occurred, according to the release.

The release said no further details would be shared and the incident remains under investigation.

It is the first reported incident in 2022 of a visitor getting too close and threatening a bison, with the bison goring the person in response.

YNP officials remind the public that wildlife in the park can be dangerous when approached. Visitors must 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. Turn around and go the other way, if required, to avoid interacting too closely with a wild animal.

Learn more about safety in Yellowstone National Park, including how to behave around wildlife, here: