YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK— A 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Taiwan was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on Friday, May 15, 2015, according to a news release issued by the National Park Service yesterday.
The teen and host family were within six feet of a group of bison when she turned her back to one bison to pose for a photograph near Old Faithful Geyser. The teen sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Park officials remind visitors to the park animals in the wild are in fact wild animals and visitors should always stay at least 100 yards (91 meters) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 meters) away from other large animals including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and coyotes.
Other reminders specific to bison are:
- Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run.
- They are unpredictable and can be dangerous.
- Your best view may be from inside a hard-sided vehicle.
- Every year visitors are gored and some have been killed.
“Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous,” according to the news release issued by the National Park Service.