Bison gores woman in Yellowstone’s 3rd recent animal attack

Elias Hubbard
June 8, 2018

Park officials say some in the crowd came within 15 feet (4.6 meters) of the bison when the safe distance is at least 75 feet (23 meters).

The bison - which can weigh up to 2,000lb - got agitated and crossed the boardwalk, charging the crowd and goring Hancock.

The bison left the area right after.

She is in good condition, officials said.

The two women were among four people injured by various types of wildlife in the park in just over a month. Because of the severity of her injuries she was flown to an Idaho trauma center. A cow elk injured a 53-year-old Texas woman on Tuesday. She attempted to back away but the elk pursued and struck her with its legs in the head and torso. She was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment.

Park staff do not intend to capture nor kill the bison. Another woman, 51, from Las Vegas was also hurt by a cow elk on Sunday behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, according to park officials.

It's not known if this was the same elk involved in the incident on June 3.

This incident remains under investigation. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

This is the second time this year a bison has injured a park visitor.

Park officials instructed visitors to give animals space, even near trails, boardwalks, parking lots and other developed areas.

The park service recommend people stay at least 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk and at least 100 yards for bears and wolves.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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