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Woman gored after approaching bison in Yellowstone National Park; Always stay more than 25 yards away from bison

A bison standing in a field looking at the camera.
Bull bison in the final stages of spring shedding.

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

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News Release Date: June 29, 2020

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • After a 72-year-old woman from California approached within 10 feet of a bison multiple times to take its photo, the animal gored her. 
  • The incident occurred on the evening of June 25, 2020, at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground.  
  • Rangers provided immediate medical care to the woman who sustained multiple goring wounds. She was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.  
  • “The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” said Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia. “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors like pawing the ground, snorting, bobbing their head, bellowing, and raising their tail. If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge. To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 yards away, move away if they approach, and run away or find cover if they charge.” 
  • This incident is under investigation. There is no additional information to share. 
  • Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay more than 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.  
  • Read more about safety in the park, including how to behave around wildlife.  
  • Visitors: take the Yellowstone Pledge!



Last updated: June 29, 2020

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