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A bison charged at a family visiting Yellowstone National Park and gored a man, park rangers said.
A 34-year-old Colorado Springs, Colorado man was gored by a bison near Old Faithful on Sunday, June 27, the National Park Service said.
“The male was walking with his family on a boardwalk when a bull bison charged at the group,” park officials said in a June 28 news release. “Family members did not leave the area and the male bison continued to charge and gore the male.”
Video taken by Rob Goodell and shared with NBC Montana shows family members rushing to pick up a small child as the bison charges towards them. An older parent threw the child in the air to get him away from the bison as other family members ran, the video shows.
The bison then turned around and walked in the opposite direction of the family, according to the video.
The man’s arm was injured and he was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Park officials have not released his condition or identity.
This is the second time in 2022 that a bison has gored a tourist in Yellowstone.
Bison gores tourist and throws her 10ft in Yellowstone National Park, rangers say
On May 30, a 25-year-old woman was gored by a bison and thrown 10 feet into the air. The woman had walked towards the bison on a boardwalk near the Old Faithful geyser and had come within 10 feet.
Several tourists have been injured by bison in Yellowstone over the years.
“Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal,” park rangers said. “They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.”
Bison are huge animals that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and run up to 30 miles per hour, according to the park. Park visitors must stay at least 75 feet away from bison at all times.
Last year, a 30-year-old woman was hiking with a friend on a trail in Yellowstone when she encountered a bison and suffered serious injuries. At the time, park rangers did not know why the bison injured the woman.
In 2020, a woman was knocked to the ground by a bison after coming within 25 feet. A 72-year-old woman was also gored by a bison in Yellowstone when she approached the animal to take a photo.
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