It’s been an eventful early start to tourist season in Yellowstone.
The tourist incidents in Yellowstone just keep coming this season after news an Australian man aggravated a bison a little too much near the Old Faithful Lodge last Tuesday.
The 62-year-old was trying to take a photo of the bison with his iPad at a distance of just 3 to 5 feet Fox 4 reports. Park regulations call for a minimum safe distance of 25 yards. The bison became angry and ended up tossing the man up into the air more than once.
Witnesses said the unnamed man was not the only one that probably upset the animal. There were apparently a few other people crowding the bison’s personal space while it sat in a path.
The man had to be airlifted to a hospital. While the injuries he sustained were said to be serious, they were also not life-threatening.
The news has to come as a further bit of frustration for Yellowstone officials in what has already been an especially eventful season for tourists getting into trouble. The park was in worldwide headlines back in May for the now-infamous incident where tourists put a Yellowstone bison calf in their car.
There have been a few attempted “bison petting” incidents this year. Also recently, a woman was struck by a car and killed while trying to photograph a bald eagle. Then there was the incident of tourists jumping off the boardwalk and walking on the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Arrest warrants were issued, although the men likely won’t be pursued.
And, more recently, video of a woman being head-butted after she got to close to an elk went viral just last week.
Based on how many tourist issues officials have had to deal with already this year, it’s pretty safe to say park rangers will have their hands full this summer.