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Bison Gores Teen in Yellowstone National Park

A 16-year-old girl walking on a Yellowstone National Park geyser trail near Old Faithful was gored by a bison after getting too close while taking pictures, resulting in an airlift to a local hospital.

The teen, a Taiwanese exchange student, was with a group of friends at 12:20 on Friday afternoon and got to within three to six feet of the bison, according to KBZK. When she turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken by others in her group, the bison gored her. Park rangers were called to the scene. She was first treated at Old Faithful Clinic; the decision was then made to airlift her.

Her injuries are not considered serious, according to park officials, but her exact condition has not been released to the public.

Three to six feet from the bison is a very dangerous spot; Park officials recommend visitors stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears and wolves, per Yellowstone regulations. Bison are, statistically speaking, the most dangerous animals in the Park, injuring more visitors than bears.

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