This Year Second Park Visitor harmed in Bison Encounter

Published on : Friday, June 5, 2015

BisonYellowstone National Park’s signature bison provides a magnificent subject for camera-toting tourists. But officials always warn visitors not to come within 25 yards of the animals, because they are unpredictable and able to sprint three times faster than people can run.


According to park officials, a 62-year-old Australian man who ventured to within 3 to 5 feet of one bison was injured Tuesday when the animal charged and tossed him into the air several times. He was released from a hospital later in the evening. This is the second such incident within weeks.


On May 15, a 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student was gored by a bison while posing for a photo.


Both encounters took place in the popular Old Faithful portion of Yellowstone. Bison are found throughout the park and they can go wherever they want.


According to the National Park Service, every year, some visitors to Yellowstone are gored by bison, sometimes fatally.


The park is dotted with signs warning people not to get too close to animals. The bison population in Yellowstone is estimated to range between 2,300 to 5,000. Officials give out safety material and encourage people to read up on an environment where the animals are king.


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