Woman Injured In Bison Attack At Yellowstone National Park

A bison in Yellowstone National Park was not happy to see visitors after the park partially reopened. Park officials said that on Wednesday (May 20), a woman got too close to a bison in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin, causing the wild animal to attack her.

The woman refused transport to a medical facility, and the extent of her injuries were not disclosed. Officials are investigating the attack and it is unknown if the woman will face charges for approaching the animal.

Park rangers said that people should stay at least 25 yards from large animals such as bison.

"When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space," the park service said. "Stay 25 yards (23m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91m) away from bears and wolves."

The attack happened just two days after the park began allowing visitors again. On Monday, Yellowstone opened up two of the park's five entrances and permitted visitors to drive through the lower loop of the park.

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