Bison Impales 83-Year-Old at Yellowstone National Park

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.04 - 2024 2:49 PM CET

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Visitors to Yellowstone National Park are advised to keep a distance of 23 meters from large animals.

Despite this rule, an 83-year-old woman was seriously injured when a bison, defending its territory, impaled her with its horns and lifted her 30 centimeters into the air.

The incident occurred last Saturday near Yellowstone Lake, according to a park statement. The woman was hospitalized with severe injuries, and the attack is currently under investigation.

The park advises visitors to stay at least 23 meters away from large animals like bison, elk, and deer, and at least 91 meters away from bears and wolves.

Bison attacks have occurred several times in Yellowstone National Park. In 2023, a bison gored a woman, and the previous year, another bison injured two people.

Located mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the US, established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. It covers nearly 9,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of the island of Cyprus.

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