A bison attacked a man who got too close while photographing it. This is not the first time this has happened in Yellowstone National Park this spring.
Yellowstone is famous for it natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Every year, thousands of people flock to the area to camp, hike, fish, photograph, and see its numerous natural wonders.
One man visiting from Australia learned a valuable lesson about giving wildlife their space when he was gored by a bison near the Old Faithful geyser.
A 62-year-old, unnamed man was rushed to the hospital after being flipped into the air at least three times by a bison he was trying to photograph. The attack happened after several people had spotted and crowded the animal that was quietly resting off to the side of a path leading to Old Faithful.
Park officials said the bison was already agitated due to the crowding before the man got within a few feet of the animal to take photos. The bison then stood and rushed the man.
The man was treated for serious injuries at a local hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery.
A similar incident occurred three weeks ago when a bison charged and injured a 16-year-old exchange student as she posed for a picture with a bison near the same area.
“The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple of steps and gored her,” Yellowstone Park Service issued in a statement.
Park officials have many rules in place to protect patrons of the park as well as the wildlife. People are reminded to keep their distance and use common sense. For safety tips while visiting the park click here.