Bison charges and kills a woman in Yellowstone; he launched her 10 feet through the air

The woman died hours after being attacked by the bison.

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A 25-year-old Ohio woman has died after being rammed by a bison in Yellowstone National Park.after he got too close to the huge animal, park officials said.

The woman approached the bison Monday morning while walking near a boardwalk in the Black Sand Basin, just north of Old Faithful, the National Park Service said in a statement. She got “too close to the animal” before she “gored her and launched her 10 feet into the air.”

The woman, whose name authorities have not released, was visiting from Grove City, Ohio, and suffered a stab wound among other injuries. Officials reported that she was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Idaho, however, her death was reported on Wednesday.

Park regulations require visitors to stay away from bison. The release said two other people were within 25 yards of the same bison.

The incident is under investigation, authorities said. It is the first bison attack reported this year, involving a visitor who got too close to the animal.

“Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans,” officials said in the statement.

“Yellowstone Visitors: Never Go Near Wildlife”

Located primarily in Wyoming, as well as parts of Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park has more than 10,000 hydrothermal sites and half the world’s active geysers. It also has abundant wildlife, including 67 species of mammals, such as bison, moose, bears, wolves, among others.

With many scenic wonders to enjoy, Yellowstone visitors are cautioned to always stay on the boardwalks and trails in the hot springs areas and never approach wildlife. The entire park is bear habitat, including tourist areas like the boardwalks around Old Faithful.

“The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car. Always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards from all other animals, including bison and elk,” park officials stress online.

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