Five tourists have been injured when getting too close to bison within past month near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
YELLOWSTONE NATONAL PARK–Park officials at Yellowstone National Park are warning visitors to stay away from bisons that roam the national park after a 43-year-old woman was injured near Old Faithful as she was taking a “selfie” photograph.
The woman visiting Yellowstone Natioanal Park from Mississippi turned her back on the bison to take a selfie on Tuesday evening. The bison charged after the woman and her daughter. The two ran, but the bison caught the woman with its head and thrust her in the air. The woman was injured and was taken to a health clinic where she was treated and released.
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.