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Buffalo Gores 72-year-old California Woman in Yellowstone
7/1/2020 11:57:02 AM

A buffalo gored a 72-year-old woman in Yellowstone National Park after repeatedly approaching the animal to take its photograph.

The woman received multiple serious wounds and was treated by park rangers before being flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to receive further medical treatment.

According to park authorities, the woman approached the buffalo several times while it was near her campsite at Bridge Bay Campground in northwest Wyoming before the bison attacked.

"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.

Visitors getting injured by buffaloes are not uncommon at Yellowstone. 

Buffaloes are normally placid but can respond aggressively and charge when approached.

Yellowstone park visitors are required and reminded to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves to avoid accidents. 

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