Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Bison gores woman in Yellowstone's 3rd recent animal attack

A tourist who got too close to a male bison in Yellowstone National Park was gored when the animal charged her Wednesday.

For the third time this week and fourth time in just over a month, a park visitor was attacked by wildlife.

Officials said that the woman, 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California, was in a crowd of people that got within 10 yards of a bison while they were walking along a boardwalk, according to a National Park Service news release.

According to Yellowstone officials, at one point people were closer than 15 feet from the bison. "The bison became agitated and charged the crowd", and one of its horns struck Hancock in the hip, a news release from the park said.

The incident on Wednesday is the second time a park-goer has been attacked by a bison this year.

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The latest attack at Yellowstone comes days after two people were attacked by elks in separate incidents. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

In May, a bison rammed and injured a woman in Yellowstone, On Sunday and again on Tuesday, a female elk with a calf injured two women near a Yellowstone hotel.

All three women who were attacked this week were hospitalized.

'Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be, ' the park's guidelines state. "Give animals space when they're near trails, boardwalks, parking lots, or in developed areas". The statement noted that people should keep a distance of roughly 75 feet at least from certain animals including bison and elk, and stay even further away from bears and wolves.

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