Yellowstone Bison Gores Colorado Man, Injures Arm

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FILE – A bison lies on the ground in front of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., June 22, 2022. A 34-year-old man from Colorado Springs, Colo., was gored by a bull bison in the park Yellowstone National this week, suffering from an arm injury, park officials said. He was walking with his family near Giant Geyser in the Old Faithful neighborhood on Monday, June 27, 2022, when a bull bison charged at the group. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

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A Colorado man who Yellowstone National Park officials say got too close to a bison was thrown by the animal as he tried to pull himself and a child away from the danger.

The 34-year-old Colorado Springs man was hiking with his family near Giant Geyser in the Old Faithful area on Monday when a bull bison charged at the group, park officials said.

Video of the encounter posted on social media appears to show the man was behind the bison as he charged at other members of his party. The man ran and appeared to be trying to stand between the bison and its family when the bison chased a fleeing child.

The man grabbed the child and was thrown by the bison while still holding the child. They both got up and ran away.

The man was taken to Eastern Idaho Medical Center for treatment of arm injuries, park officials said. His name has not been disclosed.

The incident is under investigation.

This is the second time this year that a visitor has come too close to a bison and the animal responds to the perceived threat by goring the individual, park officials said.

On May 30, a Grove City, Ohio woman came within 10 feet of a bison before it gored and threw her, causing a puncture wound and death. other injuries.

Bison are unpredictable, have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal, and can run three times faster than humans, park officials said. The park requires people to stay more than 25 yards (23 yards) from all large animals, including bison and moose, and at least 100 yards (91 yards) from bears and wolves.

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