A Utah woman visiting Yellowstone National Park was injured this week when a bison charged and flipped her in the air. Park officials say the incident happened in a thermal area near Old Faithful.
The 49-year-old woman and a 61-year-old male relative were leaving Biscuit Basin to rejoin their family group in the parking lot, when a bison appeared in some nearby brush and charged them.
“The woman was struck and flipped in the air by the bison,” the U.S. Park Service says in a press release.
The woman sustained injuries. Her male family member was hurt too, not by the bison but when he “tripped and fell,” injuring his shoulder, hand, and foot. The family started heading out of the park in their own vehicle, but were intercepted by park rangers and the woman and man were transported by ambulance to a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming.
This is the second time a park visitor has been charged and injured by a bison this summer. There are more than a thousand bison at Yellowstone and the park warns visitors they can be dangerous and should never be approached. They can be spotted on park roadways and elsewhere.
“A bull bison can stand six feet tall, weigh up to 2,000 pounds, and run at speeds up to 30 miles an hour. Bison cows will often protect their calves if there is a perceived threat,” officials say.
Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards away from bison. Those who don’t abide by the rules can be fined.