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Rangers: Woman gored by bison was trying to take photo

Warning posts tell visitors to maintain a safe distance from park wildlife
Credit: NBC Montana
A 72-year-old woman from California was gored on Thursday, June 25, after she approached a bison within 10 feet multiple times to try to take its photo. (Photo: NBC Montana)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A 72-year-old woman from California was gored in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday, June 25, after she approached a bison within 10 feet multiple times to try to take its photo.

The incident happened near the campsite she was staying at Bridge Bay Campground.

“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.”

This incident is currently still under investigation. 

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The park provided the following message:

"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. Stay more than 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes at least 100 yards (91 m) 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."