Woman Gored in Yellowstone is the Second Person Injured This Week
A woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday (06/29) after approaching the animal while returning to her vehicle. This incident marks the second person who has been injured in the park this week, and the third incident in 2022.
The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.
According to a press release from Yellowstone National Park, the 71-year-old woman from Lancaster, PA was approaching her vehicle with her daughter when she "inadvertently" got too close to the bison who felt threatened enough to charge. She was transported to West Park Hospital in Cody.
It's the second such injury from a bison this week, as a man from Colorado Springs was gored after a bison charged his family while they were walking on the trail on Monday (06/27). That incident is still under investigation by park officials. A woman was also gored by a bison at the end of May because she wanted to get closer to the animal.
Park officials warn of the dangers of bison and other wildlife.
For the most part, many of the things park officials recommend are common sense. First, stay at least 25 yards away from the wild animals in the park; 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Bison are quite large, and can run three times faster than a human can, so you can't outrun them. The best thing to do is just leave them alone and admire them from a safe distance.
Yellowstone National Park is beautiful, but please be careful of the wildlife there. The Park is opening their northern loop again tomorrow (07/02), and abolishing the even-odd license plate policy as well. We hope you enjoy our gorgeous park this summer, just don't get too close to any bison.