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Woman Injured by Yellowstone Bison

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Date: June 24, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Yellowstone National Park

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190



June 24, 2009     09-045                                    

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015






Woman Injured By Yellowstone Bison


A 50-year -old woman from Spain was butted and tossed in the air by a bull bison at Canyon in Yellowstone National Park this morning.


At approximately 11:25 a.m., the woman and her husband were using a pay phone in the Canyon lodging area with their backs to the road.  According to witnesses, two bull bison walked down the road, passing within 20 feet of the couple.  One of the bison left the road, walked up behind the woman and butted her into the air.  The couple, who were facing away from the road, did not see the bison.


The injured woman was transported to the Canyon Lodge front desk by visitors, and taken by ambulance to the Lake Clinic where she was released with only minor injuries.


Visitors are urged to be aware of their surroundings and to be very cautious around wildlife, as they are unpredictable.  Extremely serious injuries or death can result from approaching wild animals too closely or allowing wildlife to approach you even if they appear docile.  Park regulations require that a minimum distance of 100 yards be maintained from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from all other animals.


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Did You Know?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.