Park says Yellowstone bison fatally shot Colorado man close to Previous Devoted in second latest assault

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Park officials say a Colorado man visiting Yellowstone National Park was gored to death by a bison in Old Faithful in his second attack in the past month.

The 34-year-old Colorado Springs man, whose name has not been released by the National Parks Department, was walking with his family on a boardwalk near Giant Geyser on Monday when a bison attacked them. group, according to a New information posted.

“Family members did not leave the area, and the bull continued to rush forward and gouge the male to death,” Park Service said.

The man injured his arm and was taken to East Idaho Regional Medical Center, Yellowstone Hospital.

How close the man was to the bison before the attack is unclear. The park, which is mainly located in Wyoming, requires visitors to stay more than 25 yards from bison. The Park Service said this was another case in which a visitor was “too close to the animal”.

“This incident is still under investigation and there is no further information to share,” the Parks Department said.

Less than a month ago, a 25-year-old woman from Grove City, Ohio, was gored by a bison and thrown 10 feet into the air on Memorial Day after she got too close to the animal. Park officials said that while on the boardwalk at the Black Sand Basin, the woman approached the animal within 10 feet. Two other people were also within 25 meters of the bison, the Park Service said in a statement New information posted.

The park said

When the woman approached the bison in the boardwalk west of Old Faithful geyser, the animal lunged at her.

“As a result, the bison rammed the woman and threw her 10 feet into the air,” the Park Service said at the time.

The woman survived the attack, suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and other injuries and was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. It is not clear if two other people within the 25-yard limit were injured. That incident, like this week’s incident, also happened on a Monday morning.

The bison, the largest mammal in North America, has injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal, according to the Park Service. Bisons are unpredictable and extremely powerful, and although they can weigh up to a ton and stand about 6 feet across the shoulder, bison can run up to 35 mph, “three times faster than a human,” translates to Park Service said. They can also jump up to six feet vertically “and can quickly turn around to fend off predators,” according to the report. National Wildlife Federation.

Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times Interior room. According to the Park Service, between 2,300 and 5,500 bison live in Yellowstone. Yellowstone bison are considered special because “they are purebred (no cattle genes) descendant of the original bison Furniture said.

Yellowstone officials emphasize that visitors must give animals space if they approach campgrounds, trails, boardwalks, parking lots or developed areas. Visitors should stay more than 25 yards away from all large animals such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, elk and coyotes. It advises guests to stay at least 100 meters away from bears and wolves.

How tourists can stay safe when encountering wildlife

Wildlife attacks are rare, but dangerous encounters do occur, especially when people ignore – or don’t know – wildlife viewing rules and etiquette.

“Wildlife want to be left to themselves,” Cameron Harsh, program director at the US office World Animal Protection, an international nonprofit group, told The Washington Post this month. “They don’t want human contact.”

Yellowstone recently reopened later severe flooding Bridges and roads were damaged and the park was closed for about a week this month.

The Park Service said Monday’s attack was the second in the past month “a visitor got too close to the animal and the bison responded to the perceived threat by killing the individual.” Park officials again stressed that visitors to Yellowstone should keep a safe distance.

“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is wild and can be dangerous to approach,” the Park Service said.

Andrea Sachs contributed to this report.

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