Yellowstone visitor dies after bison gored her and threw her 10 feet

A woman visiting Yellowstone National Park has died after a bison gored her and tossed her into the air, park officials said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old woman, who was visiting from Ohio, was not identified in a news release from the National Park Service.

The woman approached the female bison Monday morning after she approached a boardwalk in the Black Sand Basin near Old Faithful Geyser, the park said.

Two bison near a steaming geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on December 29, 2020.
Two bison near a steaming geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on December 29, 2020.Jon G. Fuller/VWPics via AP Images Archive

Park rules require visitors to stay more than 25 yards from the animals, North America’s largest mammals, which are unpredictable, can reach top speeds of 35 mph and can jump several feet.

An estimated 2,300 to 5,500 bison live in the park and have injured more people than any other animal, the park said.

When the visitor came within 10 feet of the animal, the bison speared her and “tossed” her 10 feet into the air, the park said.

The woman suffered stab wounds and other injuries and was taken to a hospital in Idaho, the service said. It was not clear where she died.

Two other people were also near the animal when it gored the woman, the park said. The statement did not say if they were injured.

The park warned people to stay 25 yards from bison, moose, bighorn sheep and elk, and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves.

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