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Hiker gored by bison while visiting Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park
Posted at 4:24 PM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-22 18:33:10-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo — A woman hiking in Yellowstone National Park suffered significant injuries after reportedly being gored by a bison.

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The incident occurred Sunday near Yellowstone Lake, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports. A park spokesperson said it was not known what happened to incite the interaction.

The 30-year-old woman was visiting from Michigan and hiking with a partner on the Storm Point Trail when the hikers encountered the animal. She was flown to a hospital in Idaho Falls with serious injuries.

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According to Public Affairs Officer Linda Veress, the goring is the first of the season at Yellowstone, where the average is usually two a year. The report says five people were injured by bison in 2015.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to stay at least 25 feet away from larger animals.