A woman was gored by a bison while visiting Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, the National Park Service said in a statement.
The 47-year-old woman suffered “significant injuries to her chest and abdomen,” the statement said. She was transported by helicopter to an Idaho hospital.
She had been walking with another person in a field in front of the Lake Lodge Cabins, on the north shore of Lake Yellowstone, when they saw two bison, park officials said.
They turned to walk away, but one of the animals charged and gored the woman, according to the statement.
Officials said they didn’t know how close the woman was to the bison when it charged.
The park service reminded visitors to always stay more than 25 yards from all large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves.
“If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in proximity,” the park service said.
Bison can become more easily agitated during mating season, which runs from mid-July to mid-August, officials said, adding that the animals are unpredictable and “can run three times faster than humans.”
This is the park’s first reported bison attack in 2023.