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A 71-year-old woman was gored by a bison at Yellowstone. It’s the second attack in three days and the third of 2022. Photo: Unsplash/Bryce Olsen

The Inertia

On Wednesday, June 29, yet another Yellowstone tourist was gored by a bison. The 71-year-old woman was returning to her vehicle in the national park when she accidentally approached the animal. According to reports, she was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

It’s the third bison attack this year, with the second occurring just a few days ago.

The first attack of 2022 occurred on May 30 when a 25-year-old woman from Ohio reportedly approached a bison near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin. She was gored and “tossed 10 feet in the air,” according to park officials. The second, on June 27, saw a 34-year-old man injured when a bison charged him and his young son. He too is expected to recover.

According to a press release from the National Parks Service, the victim was from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She was gored by a bull bison near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake. The woman was with her daughter at the time of the attack. They were returning to their vehicle at the trailhead when the bison charged them.

She was taken to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming, where she will likely make a full recovery. Bison are territorial and unpredictable animals. The NPS advises all park visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from them.


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