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Yellowstone visitor gored by bison

08 June 2018

In early May, 72-year-old Virginia Junk of Boise, Idaho, was rammed by a bison and pushed off a trail. Hancock was taken to a hospital with a hip injury and was in good condition.

Yellowstone officials say Kim Hancock, 59, of Santa Rosa, was among a group of people that got too close to the bison Wednesday morning on a boardwalk at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin.

The bull bison "became agitated and charged the crowd before immediately leaving the area".

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The latest attack at Yellowstone comes days after two people were attacked by elks in separate incidents.

A woman was attacked by a cow elk in the park on Sunday, and another woman was attacked by a cow elk on Tuesday. The startled animal head-butted her off the path.

Calving season is causing elk mothers to act aggressively as they protect their newborns and hide them near buildings or cars, park experts said.

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Hancock is the second person to be attacked by a bison this year, and the third hurt by wildlife in less than a week. Past year there were five bison attacks in the park.

As noted by Yellowstone officials: animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. The statement noted that people should keep a distance of roughly 75 feet at least from certain animals including bison and elk, and stay even further away from bears and wolves. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". "If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route".

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Yellowstone visitor gored by bison