On the third day of a delayed 2020 Yellowstone National Park summer season, a woman was struck and knocked to the ground after approaching a bison on the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin.
She was struck by the bison this afternoon after approaching the animal inside of 25 yards–far too close for a person approaching Yellowstone wildlife.
Her condition was assessed by National Park Service emergency medical providers, but she declined transport to a medical facility. The incident remains under investigation.
Park officials report this is the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2020.
Yes, we know there are not many people in Yellowstone National Park at the beginning of the season, but that doesn’t mean anything about the behavior of bison is any different. Keep your distance, and remember that it doesn’t take a lot of provocation for a bison (or other large Yellowstone critters) to charge you.
Photo of Old Faithful area taken this early afternoon via webcam.