Shockingly enough, yet another person has been gored by a bison at the park for the second time this week.
According to The National Park Service,a 71-year-old woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania was visiting Yellowstone with her daughter this week, when she was gored by a bison on Wednesday near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake.
The park service said yesterday:
“The woman and her daughter inadvertently approached the bison as they were returning to their vehicle at the trailhead, causing the bull bison to charge.”
Luckily, the woman didn’t suffer from any life-threatening injuries, and was taken to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming, to be treated for her injuries.
It’s unclear at this point how close the woman, who’s name has not been released, and her daughter got to the bison before being charged.
The park service warned:
“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached.”
The park service is adamant about staying at least 25 yards away from the wildlife.
This is the third incident where a bison gored a visitor at Yellowstone in the past month. In the first incident, a 25-year-old woman was thrown 10 feet into the air by a bison on Memorial Day.
On top of these incidents, the park is just now beginning to reopen after the area suffered from severe flooding less than three weeks ago, leading to roads, bridges, and even cabins getting washed out, causing all five entrances to be shut down.
It should go without saying, but… bison are very large, very strong, wild animals.