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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

                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 24, 2009     09-045                                    

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

 

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

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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.

 

-www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.