A California woman was harassed by a bison in Yellowstone National Park, after she approached the animal while trying to take a photo.
The 72-year-old unnamed woman positioned herself 10 feet from the bison “multiple times” while at her Bridge Bay camp to take photos before attacking, National Park Services wrote in a press release.
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The woman suffered “multiple running injuries” and received immediate medical attention from park rangers before being transferred to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further care.
The incident occurred on June 25, less than six weeks after the park reopened to visitors after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The park is currently investigating, but Yellowstone’s top bison biologist Chris Geremia warns guests to “stay at least 25 yards away” from wildlife, and to move, flee, or find refuge if they get close. or they load.
“The series of events that led to embedding suggests that the bison was threatened for being repeatedly boarded within 10 feet,” Geremia said in a press release. “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors such as kicking the ground, snorting, shaking their heads, bellowing and raising their tails.
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This is not the first injury since the park reopened. Two days after Yellowstone welcomed guests, a visitor was injured by a bison after getting too close to the wild animal.
The bison reportedly “shot down and wounded the woman” in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin after reaching less than 25 yards from the animal.
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In addition to staying safe by keeping distance from wildlife, the park service also urges visitors to stay away from each other as part of their coronavirus safety regulations.