California Woman Gored by Bison at Yellowstone National Park

Humans should stay far away from bison while viisting national parks. Photo by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign.

Published June 7, 2018

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A Santa Rosa, California woman was gored by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday. The incident occured at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin.

The woman, Kim Hancock, 59, was among other people who were walking along a boardwalk, according to park officials. The group got within 15 feet of the bison.

Witnesses say a bison became agitated and charged the group. Hancock was gored during the incident. She received a hip injury and was transported by a paramedic ambulance to the Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky where is is listed in “good” condition.

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.


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