72-year-old woman gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park
YELLOWSTONE— A 72-year-old woman from California was gored by a bison on Yellowstone National Park on the evening of June 25.
The incident occurred at the woman’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground when she approached within 10 feet of the bison to take its photo.
Rangers provided immediate medical care to the woman who sustained multiple goring wounds, and she was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
“The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” said Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia. “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.”
The park staff remind people that the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space.