Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

A California woman was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being gored by a bull bison near Yellowstone National Park's Fountain Paint Pot boardwalk.

The bison became agitated and charged the crowd. Las Vegas resident Charlene Triplett was severely injured and airlifted to Idaho Falls' Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on Sunday, and then on Tuesday the incident repeated when Cypress, Texas, resident Penny Allyson Behr unknowingly walked by a bedded-down calf.

This is the second incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2018. Rangers advise staying at least 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk, the park said.

FILE - In this August 3, 2016, file photo, a bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyo.

Four people have been injured by wildlife at Yellowstone in the past month.

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Environmental groups and tribes have been critical of the park's years-long practice of sending bison to slaughter for wandering from Yellowstone into neighboring Montana in search of food in the winter as a method of controlling the population of the nation's last herd of wild, purebred bison.

Despite stretches of inclement late spring weather, Yellowstone announced that it just experienced the busiest May in the history of the 146-year-old national park.

"After 42 ½ years, I felt like it was a punitive action to have me leave Yellowstone National Park, especially when they have not told me why they want me to go to the National [Capital] Region", Wenk said. At one point, officials say, some people were within 15 feet of the animal.

Calving season is causing elk mothers to act aggressively as they protect their newborns and hide them near buildings or cars, park experts said.

"If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route", the park advised.

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