A 25-year-old woman visits Yellowstone National Park was tired by a bison and was released into the air Monday morning, park officials said. Some newspapers reported that the woman then died her wound.
The unnamed woman was hiking through Yellowstone when she approached a bison near the boardwalk in the Black Sand Basin, just north of the Old Faithful geyser.
Park regulations require visitors to stay more than 25 meters away from bison. Woman visiting from Grove City, Ohiowithin 10 feet of the animal.
The bison stabbed the woman and threw her 10 feet into the air, according to a Press Release from the National Park Service.
The woman suffered a puncture wound to her abdomen and other injuries and was taken to hospital by emergency responders at the park. The Grove resident died from her injuries but it is unclear whether she died at the hospital or at the scene.
Two others were nearby and within 25 yards of the same bison. The statement did not specify whether they were injured.
Park officials say the wildlife in Yellowstone, as the name suggests, is wild – and can be erratic and dangerous to approach.
“The Bison has injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run 3 times faster than humans,” the press release reads.
The bison is the largest mammal in North America, can reach speeds of 35 mph (about 56 km/h) when charged, and can jump several feet. About 2,300 to 5,500 bison live in Yellowstone.
“This is the first reported incident in 2022 of a tourist threatening a bison (getting too close to the animal) and the bison responded to the threat by goring them one by one,” the statement reads. park officials said.
The incident is still under investigation and no further information is available.
People must stay at least 25 meters away from large animals such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, elk and coyotes, and at least 100 meters away from bears and wolves.
The park warns visitors to give animals plenty of space as they approach more developed areas such as campsites, trails, boardwalks and parking lots. If an animal is walking your way, they recommend turning around and going in the other direction to avoid close interaction.
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