An exchange student, visiting Yellowstone National Park with her host family, was gored by a buffalo when she got too close to get her picture taken.
A 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student was in Yellowstone National Park visiting with her host family this past weekend. They came across a herd of buffalo, not uncommon in Yellowstone, and she went up to a buffalo to pose for a picture.
She approached a buffalo, about three feet away, and turned her back to take the photo. The bison then charged and gored her. Rangers were notified and when they arrived on scene they moved the girl away from the bison, she was then taken to the local Old Faithful Clinic and later airlifted to a larger hospital.
The teen’s injuries have not been disclosed but Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman Traci Weaver told the press that the attack was not fatal.
There are more people hurt by buffalo every year in Yellowstone National Park than by bears, according to park wildlife officials.
When in the park, visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.