Yellowstone National Park Issues Warning After 3 Tourists Are Gored By Wild Bison

Each year, millions of tourists head to Yellowstone National Park to enjoy the beauty of all that it has to offer.

The park spans Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and offers incredible geysers, serene nature trails, and iconic wildlife.

It’s one of those places that makes its way onto bucket lists and millions of people cross it off their travel lists each year. While visiting can and often is a great time for guests, it can also be dangerous.

Photo: YouTube/Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife is unpredictable and wild animals have to be treated with respect and caution to avoid incidents.

Over the years, there have been many close calls with tourists and bison in the park, like the woman who played dead to avoid being trampled and the 9-year-old girl who was thrown into the air but escaped with her life. There have also been deaths due to tourists getting too close and being gored.

According to the CDC, “bison have injured more pedestrian visitors to Yellowstone National Park than any other animal.”

Photo: flickr/Pedro Szekely

Despite this, tourists continue to approach wild bison in the park and put themselves at risk. This year alone, three different people have been gored by bison – two of them over the same weekend!

After two people were gored over a long weekend, Yellowstone National Park got on Twitter to issue a warning to guests. They wrote:

“(Heads Up!) Second visitor in three days gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park. Visitors: Bison are wild and unpredictable. Stay more than 25 yards (23 m) away from them.”

The first incident this year occurred on May 30 when a woman approached a bison and got within 10 feet of it. The bison consequently charged her and threw her 10 feet into the air.

Not even a month later on June 27, a man was gored by a wild bison in the park after the bison charged his family.

And most recently, on June 29, an elderly woman approached a bison and caused the bison to charge and gore her.

Photo: flickr/Yellowstone National Park

According to a press release from the National Park Service, you should keep the following tips in mind to safely view wildlife:

Give bison space. If they’re in a campsite, on a trial, or in another developed area, remain vigilant and walk in the other direction if necessary to avoid close proximity to the animal.

View animals from 25+ yards away. Large, wild animals, like bison, should be viewed at from more than 25 yards away. It’s critical to keep at least 25 yards of space between yourself and a wild bison (or other large animals, like elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes).

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