A 25-year-old woman tragically died after being gored and thrown 10 feet into the air by a bison at Yellowstone National Park.
According to reports, she approached the bison despite the warning signs in the area. The animal was walking near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin when the woman approached the animal.
Warning signs instruct visitors to stay at least 25 yards (23 meters) away from the bison but the woman got within 3 meters (10ft) before the dangerous wildlife impaled her with its horn and threw her 10ft into the air.
The out-of-state visitor, who sustained a puncture wound and other injuries, was rushed to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
She later died according to the park officials, NBC News reported.
The incident is being investigated and no further information was released.
Park officials said that the incident was the first reported bison goring this year.
The statement from the park said that bison are one of the most unpredictable animals in Yellowstone. They can also run three times faster than humans.
A male American bison have horns that are not only for hunting food and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. According to the park’s website, it is a home to an estimated range of 2,300 to 5,500 bison.
Bison have injured more visitors at the park than any other animal. One or two people get injured from interacting with bison per year.
A study in 2018 shows that 25 people (four employees and 21 visitors) suffered bison-related injuries at the park from 2000 to 2015.
Of the 21 visitors left injured, the study reveals that 20 of them first approached the animals. 12 saw the animals
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