Bison gores woman in Yellowstone's third animal attack this week

Christopher Davidson
June 8, 2018

A bison gored a woman in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday, marking the third time in a week that park animals attacked humans, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities in Yellowstone are reporting a visitor was injured yesterday by a bison at Fountain Paint Pots in the Lower Geyser Basin.

"When it crossed the boardwalk, the bison became agitated and charged the crowd, goring Hancock", the news release said.

Hancock received a hip injury as a result of the attack and was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Big Sky, Montana, according to the release.

The park report said some in the crowd came within 15 feet of the bison.

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A woman was attacked by a cow elk in the park on Sunday, and another woman was attacked by a cow elk on Tuesday. Park officials aren't sure if it was the same elk.

The incident marks the fourth person injured by Yellowstone wildlife in just over a month.

A herd of bison grazes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Aug. 3, 2016.

Wednesday's bison attack is the second time a park visitor has been wounded by the breed this year, officials said, noting that "in a little over a month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone".

As noted by Yellowstone officials: animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. People should stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk, officials said. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space".

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