Woman Injured by Bison at Yellowstone
The 49-year-old woman and a 61-year-old male relative were leaving Biscuit Basin to rejoin their family group in the parking lot, when a bison appeared in some nearby brush and charged them.
"The woman was struck and flipped in the air by the bison," the U.S. Park Service says in a press release.
The woman sustained injuries. Her male family member was hurt too, not by the bison but when he "tripped and fell," injuring his shoulder, hand, and foot.
This is the second time a park visitor has been charged and injured by a bison this summer.
There are more than a thousand bison at Yellowstone and the park warns visitors they can be dangerous and should never be approached. They can be spotted on park roadways and elsewhere.
"A bull bison can stand six feet tall, weigh up to 2,000 pounds, and run at speeds up to 30 miles an hour. Bison cows will often protect their calves if there is a perceived threat," officials say.
Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards away from bison. Those who don't abide by the rules can be fined.
Photo by Fran Golden