Ohio woman suffers horrific bison attack in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - An Ohio woman was gored and thrown in the air by a bison while visiting Yellowstone National Park on Monday, severely injuring her.

A woman was attacked by a bison on Monday at Yellowstone National Park after approaching the animal.
A woman was attacked by a bison on Monday at Yellowstone National Park after approaching the animal.  © MARK RALSTON/AFP

The name of the 25-year-old victim from Grove City hasn't been revealed, but a news release from the park published on Tuesday described the details of the gruesome incident.

"As the bison walked near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin (just north of Old Faithful), the female, on the boardwalk, approached it," the release explains. "Consequently, the bison gored the woman and tossed her 10 feet into the air."

Medical providers for the park immediately responded to the incident, and the victim was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

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The victim's condition isn't stated in the release, and while NBC News initially reported that she had died from her wounds, her condition is as yet unconfirmed.

Bison are notoriously known for being dangerous

Bison are notoriously known for being dangerous, and visitors are advised to stay at least 25 yards away.
Bison are notoriously known for being dangerous, and visitors are advised to stay at least 25 yards away.  © MARK RALSTON / AFP

There are an estimated 2,300 to 5,500 bison living in the park, and they are attributed to injuring more people in the park than any other animal.

This is the first reported incident for the year of a bison attack. The release describes bison as "unpredictable" and says they can "run three times faster than humans."

The park advises visitors to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, and "turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity."

Park officials are currently investigating the incident.

Cover photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP

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