Bison gores California woman at Yellowstone National Park

Jun 10, 2018, 04:55
Bison gores California woman at Yellowstone National Park

A bison gored a 59-year-old California woman Wednesday morning in Yellowstone National Park after a crowd ventured too close to a bison. At one point, people were closer than 15 feet from the bison.

The crowd came within about 10 yards of the bison while walking along the boardwalk.

Park rangers responded to the incident and treated Hancock for a hip injury.

Hancock was taken to Big Sky Medical Center for treatment, where she's listed in good condition.

Hancock is the second visitor to be injured by a bison in 2018.

"Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be", the park service said in the statement.

Despite stretches of inclement late spring weather, Yellowstone announced that it just experienced the busiest May in the history of the 146-year-old national park. Frank said the park can't say with certainty if the number of wildlife injuries has necessarily gone up or down in recent years.

According to the National Parks Service, bison have lived in Yellowstone since prehistoric times, but went almost extinct in the USA after excessive hunting in the 1800s. An elk also kicked a different woman's head Sunday, but the park service said it was unknown if the same elk were responsible.

Earlier this month, two Yellowstone tourists were injured after being struck by elk, at a time when cow elk are protective of their calves. Critics say numerous reassignments appear to be motivated by politics, sweeping aside those who disagree with the administration on issues such as climate change, wildlife management, and wilderness preservation. The safe distance is at least 75 feet. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". There was another attack in 2017, none in 2016 and five in 2015.

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