Woman injured by bison in Yellowstone National Park after getting too close

Mindy Sparks
June 8, 2018

We have another yet another Yellowstone wildlife incident to pass along, as a California woman was gored by a bison after a crowd gathered around the bull at Fountain Paint Pot.

Ms Hancock, from Santa Rosa, California, was taken to a hospital in Montana with a hip injury.

Kim Hancock, 59, had been with a group of tourists at the famous Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday when she got too close to the animal, park officials said. Some of the visitors got even closer, agitating the bison and provoking it to cross the boardwalk and charge into Hancock.

She is now in good condition and the incident remains under investigation.

Watch your step at Yellowstone National Park.

There have been two bison attacks so far in 2018.

A woman was attacked by a cow elk in the park on Sunday, and another woman was attacked by a cow elk on Tuesday.

The incident comes on the heels of two elk attacks earlier this month, Yellowstone officials previously said. The startled animal head-butted her off the path.

This is also the second time a park visitor has been injured by a bison this year. There was also one a year ago and five in 2015.

"Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be", officials wrote. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". People should stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk, officials said.

'If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route'.

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