Two more visitors seriously injured after getting too close to bison at Yellowstone National Park.
In recent separate encounters, two more park guests were injured after getting too close to bison, making the summer total a season high of four attacks.
The National Park Service says that a bison gored a 68-year-old woman last Wednesday while she was walking on a park trail near Yellowstone Lake. The beast charged towards her as she passed by and gored her, causing severe injuries.
A witness reported the incident to a nearby ranger, who then called for help. The woman was taken by a helicopter ambulance to a nearby hospital. Her condition was not immediately known.
A separate incident occurred on June 23, where a 19-year-old girl from Georgia was thrown in the air after approaching a bison. The park’s public affairs office reported that the teen and her three friends were returning from a late-night swim at Firehole River when they approached a bison lying down about 10 feet away from them.
Her friends ran from the bison, but she was attacked and thrown into the air before having a chance to react. She was taken to a nearby hospital and released after treatment, Yellowstone Gate reported.
Yellowstone spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said that four attacks in two months is unusual. Normally they only have about one to two attacks each year.
The previous two attacks happened earlier in the season. A 16-year-old Taiwanese girl was gored by a bison while trying to pose for a photo near Old Faithful. The second attack was in early June, when a 62-year-old Austrailian man attempted to take photos from five feet away. The man was tossed into the air several times and then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
After the series of recent attacks, park officials ask that all guests be mindful of the park’s rules and regulations, which prohibits visitors from coming within 25 yards of large animals and within 100 yards of bears and wolves.