Bison Gores Woman To Death, Tosses Her 10 Feet At Yellowstone

By Jason Hall

June 1, 2022

Herd of Bison running through an open field near Delta Junction, Alaska
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A 25-year-old woman was gored to death and tossed 10-feet into the air by a bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday (March 30).

The National Park Service confirmed the woman, who was not identified, was visiting from Ohio in a news release obtained by NBC News on Tuesday (March 31).

Park officials said the woman approached a female bison after it had come near a boardwalk located at Black Sand Basin, in an area close to Old Faithful geyser at the national park.

Yellowstone requires all visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from all bison -- the largest mammals in North America -- as they are capable of reaching speeds of 35 MPH and jumping several feet.

Officials confirmed the 25-year-old woman was within 10 feet of the bison prior to it impaling and "tossing" her 10 feet in the air on Monday, which caused puncture wounds and multiple other injuries.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Idaho, however, it wasn't clear where she was pronounced dead, according to the National Park Service.

Two other people were also close to the bison when it gored the woman, however, officials didn't confirm whether they experienced injuries.

The park's bison population is estimated between 2,300 to 5,500 and the animal has injured more visitors than any other.

Yellowstone is warning all visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from all bison, elk, bighorn sheep and moose, as well as at least 100 yards from bears and wolves present at the national park.

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