Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Yellowstone visitor gored by bison

She is in good condition, officials said.

According to park officials, 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California was part of a crowd of people who got within ten yards of the bull bison as it walked along a boardwalk at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin.

"When it crossed the boardwalk, the bison became agitated and charged the crowd, goring Hancock", park officials said, adding that the animal left the vicinity right after.

The latest attack at Yellowstone comes days after two people were attacked by elks in separate incidents.

The woman attacked on Sunday - Charlene Triplett, a 51-year-old employee of the hotel - was kicked multiple times in the head and torso.

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Another two women were injured by elks over a three-day period - and one of them was seriously hurt. The woman was airlifted to a nearby trauma center to be treated for severe injuries. It butted her in the thigh and slightly injured the woman. She was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment.

It is unknown if the same elk was involved in both attacks.

Park staff do not intend to capture nor kill the bison.

Wednesday's bison attack is the second time a park visitor has been wounded by the breed this year, officials said, noting that "in a little over a month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone". There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". Rangers advise staying at least 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk, the park said.

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