Bison can grow agitated more rapidly and easily during the rut, which lasts from the middle of July through the middle of August. “During this time, please exercise extreme caution and give them more space than usual,” the NPS advised in a statement.
According to officials with the National Park Service, a woman who was visiting Yellowstone National Park was sent to the hospital on Monday after being gored by a bison.
According to the National Park Service, the unnamed visitor, who was 47 years old and from Phoenix, was walking with another individual near the Lake Lodge Cabins on the north bank of Lake Yellowstone when they noticed two bison.
According to the officials, the two tourists turned around and attempted to walk away from the herd of bison, but one of the animals lunged at them and gored the woman.
“The woman sustained significant injuries to her chest and abdomen and was transported by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center,” the NPS stated in a statement.
The park officials did not disclose any new information regarding the condition of the injured traveler.
When the bison charged, it was unclear how close the tourists were to it at the time. The National Park Service has stated that the investigation is still active.
According to the National Park Service (NPS), this is the first reported attack on a park visitor by a bison since June of 2022.
Following a series of human contacts with Yellowstone wildlife that were being shared widely on social media, the National Park Service issued warnings at the beginning of this month.
A woman was seen getting near to a bison and snapping a picture in a video that was posted in May. Park officials stated this was unsafe given the animal’s unpredictable movements and actions. The organization found that bison had a running speed that is three times greater than that of humans.
According to the National Park Service (NPS), visitors are urged to “stay more than 25 yards away from all large animals” such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.