YNP Visitors Attacked By Bison
Written by andrew-rossi on June 29, 2017
Two visitors to Yellowstone were injured by a bison at Mud Volcano yesterday.
Theodore Schrader, 74, and Patsy Holmes, 72, from Heber City, Utah, were taking photographs on a boardwalk at Mud Volcano Wednesday morning, just north of Lake Village in Yellowstone National Park.
As they were taking pictures, a bison approached them, butted Mrs. Holmes, who then fell into Mr. Schrader, and both individuals fell to the ground. Park rangers responded immediately and evacuated the couple from the trail, a quarter mile, to the road. The couple was transported to the Lake Clinic.
Mr. Schrader had minor injuries, but Mrs. Holmes was transported by Life Flight to Idaho Falls. She was in stable condition. Citations were not issued to either individual. This is the first confirmed incident of a bison injuring visitors in 2017. Five people were injured by bison last year.
Park officials warn visitors that wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.
— Photo of Bison at Mud Volcano, taken by Wes McShay