The National Parks Service is reporting that a 16 year old Taiwanese female exchange student sustained serious, but not life threatening injuries resulting from an encounter in Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture in front of a Bison. The incident occurred near Old Faithful shortly after noon on Friday.
The exchange student and her host family were visiting Upper Geyser Basin when the family joined a group of people watching a bison grazing next to the trail. First hands reports say the group was somewhere between three and six feet from the bison. The reports also say that the girl was gored when she turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken.
Visitors are reminded that Yellowstone wildlife is wild and that wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they appear. Yellowstone safety rules state that visitors are required to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other large animals such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes; yet there are gorings that occur every year.
From the NPS.gov Website:
- Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run.
- They are unpredictable and dangerous.
- Your best view may be from inside a hard-sided vehicle.
- Every year visitors are gored and some have been killed.