9-Year-Old Tossed by Bison in Yellowstone

Written by on July 24, 2019

A nine-year-old Florida girl was injured by a bison in Yellowstone Monday.

Park officials say that the incident happened on the afternoon of July 22nd near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area.

According to witnesses, a group of about 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bull bison for at least 20 minutes before the bison charged the group.

A nine-year-old girl from Odessa, FL was tossed into the air by the bull. The girl was taken to the Old Faithful Lodge by her family where she was assessed and treated by park emergency medical providers, and later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

No citations have been issued, and the incident is still under investigation.

Officials remind visitors that wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards away from all large animals, such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes; and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.


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