Yellowstone National Park visitor injured by bison

Posted at 10:17 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 12:17:15-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – A visitor at Old Faithfull was injured by a bison on Tuesday, according to a press release issued by the park.

Virginia Junk, 72 of Boise, was butted in the thigh, pushed and tossed off a trail. 

Junk did not see the bison as she walked around a bend in the trail and wasn’t able to move out of the way before the bison dropped its head and pushed her off the trail, the press release states.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

Park officials said this is the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor this year. There was one incident last year and five in 2015.

The press release also provided the following general information:

Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.

Read more about safety in the park, including how to behave around wildlife.