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Woman Injured By Bison Just Two Days After Yellowstone Opens


During the afternoon of Wednesday, May 20th, just two days after Yellowstone National Park began a phased reopening, a woman was knocked to the ground and injured by one of the park's many bison.

The incident occurred in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin. It's being reported that the woman was knocked down after approaching the animal too closely. This marks the first incident of a park visitor being injured by a bison in 2020.

The park's emergency medical staff responded to the incident. The woman was assessed but refused transport to a medical facility.

A news release from the NPS reports that the incident is still under investigation and that there is no other information available at this time.

"Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and 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." - National Park Service News Release

Always keep interaction with wildlife to a minimum. For more information about safe wildlife viewing, please refer to information on the National Park Service Website, the individual park websites, and/or from other sources that are available online or offline.

Photo: Some of Yellowstone's Bison - Credit: LadyMadrone / CC BY-SA

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