YNP Visitor injured by Bison Wednesday; Was Too Close

When will people learn? According to the National Park Service, a female visitor was injured after approaching a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday.

Here’s what we know:   

  • On the afternoon of May 20, 2020, a female visitor was knocked to the ground and injured by a bison in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin after approaching the animal too closely (inside 25 yards).  
  • Park emergency medical providers responded to the incident immediately. She was assessed and refused transport to a medical facility.
  • The incident remains under investigation, and there is no additional information to share.
  • This is the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2020.
  • Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) 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.
  • Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans. 
  • Read more about safety in the park, including how to behave around wildlife.  
  • Visitors: take the Yellowstone Pledge!