National parks reopen

A bison roams the parking lot Monday, May 18, 2020, at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

A bison knocked a woman down and injured her Wednesday afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, just two days after the world’s first national park reopened to the public.

The woman got within 25 yards of the wild animal, according to a press release sent by the park.

The incident happened near the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin, the release said.

“Park emergency medical providers responded to the incident immediately,” the release said. “She was assessed and refused transport to a medical facility.”

Park officials are investigating the incident, but no additional information was available.

Visitors are urged to stay 25 yards away from large animals and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

“If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity,” the release said.

This is the first incident of the year of a bison injuring a visitor at Yellowstone National Park.

The park reopened Monday, after being closed since March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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(1) comment

David Hill

Maybe if she had worn a mask, she might have been protected from the Bovid-ae.

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