Woman, 72, ran several times over bison after getting too close taking photos

The woman approached 10 feet from the animal several times before the attack.

A 72-year-old woman was repeatedly harassed by a bison in Yellowstone National Park after trying to obtain a close-up photograph of the animal.

The incident occurred the night of June 25 at the women’s camp at Bridge Bay Camp in Yellowstone National Park, when the California woman, who currently remains unidentified, approached 10 feet from the bison multiple times while trying take a picture of it. according to a statement issued by Yellowstone National Park.

“The series of events that led to fouling suggests that the bison was threatened for being repeatedly boarded within 10 feet,” Yellowstone senior bison biologist Chris Geremia said in the statement. “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. If that doesn’t make the threat (in this case it was a person) walk away, a threatened bison can charge. To be safe near the bison, stay at least 25 yards away, walk away if they approach, and run away or seek shelter if they carry. ”

Park rangers were called to the scene and immediately administered first aid to the victim who suffered multiple injuries in the attack.

The 72-year-old woman was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by helicopter where she received additional treatment. Her current condition was not disclosed and the incident is still under investigation at this time.

“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is wild,” Yellowstone authorities said in their statement. “When an animal is near a campground, 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, fawn sheep, deer, elk, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. If necessary, turn around and take the other path to avoid interacting with a wild animal in the vicinity.

According to Yellowstone National Park, last week, a 37-year-old woman from Columbia, Missouri, suffered a minor injury from a female brown bear while walking on the Fairy Falls Trail near Old Faithful when she encountered two grizzly bears at very short distance. .

The female bear reportedly shot the woman down and scratched the victim on the thigh and face after falling to the ground before she could use bear spray to fend off the animal.

The Humane Society of the United States released the following statement Tuesday morning in response to the woman who was attacked in Yellowstone by a bison:

“The Humane Society of the United States is saddened to learn that a bison attacked a visitor to Yellowstone and we hope she is well,” said John Griffin, Senior Director of Wildlife Protection at the Humane Society. from United States. “With millions of Americans going outdoors this summer, and particularly this holiday weekend, this incident is an important reminder to exercise the utmost caution when exploring landscapes that wildlife calls home.” To keep people and wildlife safe when observing wildlife, it is essential to understand their needs, respect their space, keep a safe distance, and avoid any action that may frighten, aggravate, or incite them. These incidents should never take place. ”


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