A 71-year-old woman was speared by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday. This was the second such incident at the park in three days and the third so far in 2022.
The West Chester, Pa., woman and her daughter “accidentally approached the bison while returning to their vehicle at the trailhead,” the park wrote in a statement.
The bison attacked the 71-year-old, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital in Cody, Wyo.
On Monday, a 34-year-old Colorado man was impaled while walking with family members near the Giant Geyser.
The incident was caught on camera and showed the bison charging towards the man who had been running to grab a child in the bison’s path. The man and child were thrown into the air but managed to escape from the bison, which ran away.
The man was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with an arm injury.
In late May, a 25-year-old Ohio woman was thrown 10 feet into the air after reportedly getting within 10 feet of a bison, Yellowstone said.
The park requires visitors to stay 80 feet or more away from bison, which “have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal,” Yellowstone said.
“They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans,” the park said.
The park advised visitors not to stand up to a bison.
“Walk or run away from the animal immediately,” the park said. “Spray bear spray when driving away if the animal follows you.”
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-06-30/second-person-gored-by-bison-within-three-days-at-yellowstone-national-park-third-goring-this-year Another Yellowstone visitor gored by a bison, the 3rd time this year