A 71-year-old woman from Pennsylvania is the second visitor in three days gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park.

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On Monday, June 27, a 34-year-old man from Colorado was injured following an encounter with a bull bison near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful. The male sustained an injury to his arm and was transported by ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

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On Wednesday, July 29, A 71-year-old woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania was gored by a bull bison near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake.

According to a press release from Yellowstone National Park, the woman and her daughter were returning to their vehicle at the trailhead when the pair encountered a bull bison. The bison charged the woman, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result. The woman was taken by ambulance to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming to be treated for her injuries.

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The incident is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

So far in 2022, three visitors have been injured by bison in YNP. A woman was transported to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after being gored by a bison on May 30.

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Here are a few helpful tips to view wildlife safely at Yellowstone National Park.

  • Wild animals are wild and can be dangerous if you get too close.
  • It's very important to give bison space when they are near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area. Your best bet is to turn around and head in the opposite direction.
  • Stay more than 25 yards away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes - and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.
  • Approaching bison threatens them and they may respond by bluff charging, head bobbing, pawing, bellowing, or snorting. These are warning signs that you are too close and that a charge is imminent.
  • Do not stand your ground. Immediately walk or run away from the animal. Spray bear spray as you are moving away if the animal follows you.
  • Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.  

To learn more about park safety, click here.

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