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Woman injured by bison in Yellowstone National Park

Visitor refused treatment
Posted at 6:12 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 10:10:01-04

A woman was injured approaching a bison in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday afternoon, just two days after the park reopened.

The woman was knocked to the ground and hurt in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin after getting within 25 yards of the bison, which park officials say is too close.

Park emergency medical providers responded immediately and assessed the woman. She refused transport to a hospital.

Park officials said they are continuing to investigate. It's the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2020.

Park officials remind all visitors to stay beyond 25 yards of all large animals- bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes- and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves. If necessary, turn around and walk away from wild animals.

Click here to learn more about safety in the park.