Woman Provokes Bison Attack
The other day two hikers in the Biscuit Basin area of Yellowstone National Park were charged by a bison, and one was head-butted and flipped into the air. Initially, the park’s report sounded as if the bison attacked unprovoked. But this video shows differently.
This is how the park’s release explained the incident:
At about 8:30 p.m. on July 19, a 49-year-old woman and a 61-year-old male family member were exiting the Biscuit Basin thermal area to rejoin their family group in the parking lot, when a bison appeared in some nearby brush and charged them. The woman was struck and flipped in the air by the bison.She sustained injuries as a result of the bison’s impact and subsequent fall to the ground. As her male family member attempted to escape the bison’s charge, he tripped and fell, sustaining injuries to his shoulder, hand, and foot. He was not injured by the bison.
However, a reporter for CNN tracked down the woman who filmed the “attack,” and filed the following report. In the video it’s easy to see that the two approached way too close to the bison, which was minding it’s own business. And, if you look closely enough at the video, it appears someone threw a stick at the bison and hit it in the flanks.
With this information in hand, it’ll be curious to learn whether park officials decide to cite the two, and whether anyone can finger who threw the stick at the bison. Park regulations require you to stay at least 25 yards — 75 feet — from bison and elk, and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves. And, the park’s website notes, “Those who fail to abide by these requirements not only put themselves in danger, they may also be subject to a citation and fine.”
Fortunately for the couple, they weren’t killed or even seriously injured.