A tourist got too close to a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Again.
On Wednesday, two days into the park’s reopening, a woman was “knocked to the ground and injured by a bison in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin after approaching the animal too closely,” officials said. Visitors are advised to stay 25 yards away from large animals, including bison.
The woman refused to be transported to a medical facility and the incident remains under investigation, park officials said in a news release. Prior to the Yellowstone’s reopening this week, the park had been closed since March 24 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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According to officials, Wednesday incident was the first of the year in which a person was injured by a bison at the national park.
It’s not the first incident of 2020, however.
In March, a reporter for NBC Montana was interrupted by a herd of bison while on the job. Video of Deion Broxton’s encounter gained national attention — his declaration of “Oh no, I ain’t messing with you” delighted social media — and Yellowstone even produced a safety poster commemorating the moment.
The park called Broxton’s response a “perfect example of what to do when approached by wildlife.”
Another incident in June 2019 also made national news. A 9-year-old girl was thrown into the air when a bison charged a group of about 50 tourists. The park didn’t disclose the extent of the girl’s injuries at the time, but said she was treated at a nearby clinic and released.
“Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal,” the park’s website states. “Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans. Always stay at least 25 yards away from bison.”
Yellowstone opened in a limited capacity Monday. The park has a list of COVID-19 precautions on its website, including social distancing and mask requirements. The Guardian reported rangers twice had to disperse large groups.
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