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Second visitor in three days gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

a bison grazing in a marshy area
A bison grazing along Pelican Creek (this photo is not of the specific incident detailed below).

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

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News Release Date: June 30, 2022

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

Incident details

  • A 71-year-old woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania, was gored by a bull bison near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake on Wednesday, June 29. 
  • The woman and her daughter inadvertently approached the bison as they were returning to their vehicle at the trailhead, causing the bull bison to charge.
  • The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries after the encounter and was transported by ambulance to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming.
  • This incident remains under investigation, and there is no additional information to share.  
  • This is the third reported bison and visitor incident in 2022. On May 30, a woman approached a bison near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, and a man approached a bison near a boardwalk at Giant Geyser on June 28.

How to view wildlife safely

  • Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached.
  • Give bison space when they are near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity. 
  • 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.
  • Approaching bison threatens them and they may respond by bluff charging, head bobbing, pawing, bellowing, or snorting. These are warning signs that you are too close and that a charge is imminent.
  • Do not stand your ground. Immediately walk or run away from the animal. Spray bear spray as you are moving away if the animal follows you.
  • Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.  
  • Read more about safety in the park, including how to view wildlife safely. 
  • Visitors: This year marks 150 Years of Yellowstone. Protect the park today and for future generations. Take the Yellowstone Pledge!  



Last updated: June 30, 2022

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