According to park officials, an Ohio woman was gored by a bison after approaching the animal while visiting Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old was driving from Grove City, Ohio, about 20 minutes outside of Columbus, to see the national park.
The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, got within 10 feet of the female bison on a nearby boardwalk, according to park officials. After that, the beast gored her and threw her 10 feet in the air.
She was treated onsite by park emergency care personnel before being transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with a puncture wound and other injuries.
Two more persons were within 25 feet of the bison, although it is unknown whether they were injured.
According to park officials, bison, which may weigh up to 2,000 pounds, have wounded more people than any other animal in Yellowstone. Visitors should stay at least 25 yards away from all large mammals, such as sheep, deer, and moose, and 100 yards away from bears and wolves, according to the park.
Bison are known to be unpredictable animals that can charge at any time and run up to 35 miles per hour, but this is the first time this year that a bison has been documented goring a person.
This article by Gloria Oladipo was first published by The Guardian on 1 June 2022. Lead Image: A bison in Yellowstone national park in Wyoming. The animals, also known as buffalo, can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Photograph: blickwinkel/Alamy.
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