YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – A 25-year-old Grove City, Ohio, woman was gored after she approached a bison to within 10 feet on Monday, May 30, according to a press release from the Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs Office.
Two other individuals were also within 25 yards of the same bison.
According to the press release, park regulations require visitors to remain more than 25 yards away from bison.
As the bison walked near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin (just north of Old Faithful), the female, on the boardwalk, approached it. Consequently, the bison gored the woman and tossed her 10 feet into the air.
The woman sustained a puncture wound and other injuries, the release states. Park emergency medical providers responded to the incident immediately and transported her via ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
The incident remains under investigation, and there is no additional information to share.
This is the first reported incident in 2022 of a visitor threatening a bison (getting too close to the animal) and the bison responding to the threat by goring the individual.
Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.