Bison gores woman in Yellowstone National Park

Bison gores woman in Yellowstone National Park

Hancock and a crowd of people approached within 10 yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk.

The park report said some in the crowd came within 15 feet of the bison.

When the bison crossed the boardwalk, it became agitated and charged at the crowd and gored Hancock.

Ranger responded and treated Hancock for a hip injury.

So far in 2018, the park has hosted 570,823 visits, up 3.5 percent from the same period previous year.

Two people have been attacked by elks in recent days as well.

He said was informed this week by National Park Service Acting Director Paul "Dan" Smith that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that he will be gone by then.

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The park service recommend people stay at least 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk and at least 100 yards for bears and wolves.

On Sunday, a 51-year-old employee at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was attacked by a mother elk protecting its calf about 20 feet away, hidden by cars. Because of the severity of her injuries she was flown to an Idaho trauma center.

According to the National Parks Service, bison have lived in Yellowstone since prehistoric times, but went almost extinct in the USA after excessive hunting in the 1800s.

Safety tips from Yellowstone park officials can be found here.

Kim Hancock, 59, was gored by the animal and taken to a medical facility, where she is recuperating.

Ranchers in neighboring Montana have long sought reductions in Yellowstone's bison numbers because of worries that they could spread the disease brucellosis to cattle and compete with livestock for grazing space outside the park. "If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route". In 2017, there was only one incident at Yellowstone of a visitor being injured by a bison while 2015 saw five such incidents.

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