Moment 72 year old motorhome crawls to within 10ft of a bison to take a photo in Yellowstone before being held and thrown 15ft in the air
- A California woman moved up to 10ft from the bison at a Yellowstone campground
- A neighboring family watched in horror as she was knocked unconscious by the beast
- Park rangers warned that “aggressive” bison will attack if they feel threatened
This is when a 72-year-old camper shoved within 3 meters of a bison, which turned out to be a costly mistake when she was held and thrown 15 feet into the air.
Another family at the campground captured footage of the meeting in Yellowstone National Park, which watched in horror as the creature attacked the woman attempting to take a photo.
The California woman was left unconscious on the grass and then taken to hospital, but the bison did not damage any important organs.
Park rangers warned that visitors should stay 75 feet (25 yards) away from the creatures because they are ‘wildlife’ that feel ‘threatened’ when approached.
Risky Move: A woman enters within 10ft of a bison – well above the recommended 75ft – in an encounter that ended with her being trapped and tossed into the air
That told Jake Larsen, one of the campers who saw the bison attack WCCO that “the lady came too close,” and added, “She kept provoking the bison.”
His sister Jenna said “it was just an accident waiting to happen” and remembered “hearing the bison making noises and blowing steam”.
‘[The woman] was initially thrown maybe 10, 15 feet in the air and she was just as unconscious. She got up and it hit her again, “said their mother Jodi.
Jodi, a nurse, went to help the woman with some blankets before she was taken to the hospital with no memory of what had happened to her.
Park rangers said she was flown by helicopter to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, but was later released after only sustaining ‘canyon tracks’.
“The series of events that led to the bleeding suggests that the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached from less than three meters away,” said bison biologist Chris Geremia.
Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors, such as scratching, sniffing, bobbing, roaring, and raising their tails.
If that doesn’t remove the threat (in this case, a person), an endangered bison can file charges.
“To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 meters away, leave as they approach and run or take cover if they attack.”
Another family at the campground captured footage of the meeting in Yellowstone National Park, horrified as the creature attacked the 72-year-old
In March, a bison is depicted in Yellowstone National Park. Park rangers say the creatures can become aggressive if they feel threatened
The California woman isn’t the first Yellowstone visitor to enrage a bison. In 2015, two people, including a 62-year-old Australian, were tested within three weeks.
The other victim was a 16-year-old girl from Taiwan, who was hospitalized after an attack while posing for a photo with the animal.
In 2018, another California woman – 59-year-old Kim Hancock – was taken to hospital with a hip injury after being shot by another bison.
And in May of this year, a woman was knocked to the ground when she came too close to a bison near the popular Old Faithful geyser after the park was partially reopened.
A male American bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can go up to 40 mph, experts say.
The latest incident is being investigated, rangers said, warning that guests in campgrounds and parking lots should stay away from wildlife.
The 25-meter distance also applies to moose, deer, moose, and coyotes, while visitors should stay at least 100 meters away from bears and wolves, rangers say.
Since the park was established in 1872, bears have murdered at least seven people in Yellowstone.