CODY (WNE) — A 72-year-old California woman was gored last Thursday after approaching within 10 feet of a bison in Yellowstone National Park to take a picture.

The incident occurred Thursday evening at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground, according to a Park spokesperson.

Rangers provided immediate medical care to the woman who sustained multiple goring wounds. She was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

This incident is under investigation.

Yellowstone is home to 4,527 bison, according to an August 2018 estimate. A male bull can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, can stand up to 6 feet tall, and run up to 35 MPH, according to the Department of the Interior.

This marks the second bison incident of 2020 as a visitor was knocked to the ground by a bison last month after getting too close to it in the Geyser Basin near Old Faithful. The woman was uninjured.

Last summer a 9-year old girl was speared by a bison at Yellowstone. She suffered no major injuries and recovered from the incident. 

In 2018, a man was sentenced to 130 days in jail after caught on camera taunting a bison in Hayden Valley.


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