Elderly woman blindsided by bison in Yellowstone, tossed off trail

Elderly woman blindsided by bison in Yellowstone, tossed off trail

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Elderly woman blindsided by bison in Yellowstone, tossed off trail

A 72-year-old woman was butted in the thigh and tossed off a trail by a bison in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park on Sunday afternoon in what was the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor at the park this year.

Virginia Junk of Boise, Idaho, suffered minor injuries and was treated on site by rangers before being taken by ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, according to a park media release issued Wednesday.

Junk was blindsided by the bison as she walked around a bend in the trail. She wasn’t able to move out of the way before the bison dropped its head and pushed her off the trail.

No citations were issued since there was no wrongdoing, as often occurs in Yellowstone with visitors putting themselves in danger by approaching bison too closely.

Park rules state visitors must stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk.

Last year there was one incident in which visitors were injured by a bison. A elderly married couple suffered minor injured after being butted by a bison at Mud Volcano just north of Lake Village while taking photos on a boardwalk. There were five incidents in 2015.

Bison photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. 

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