A young woman in Yellowstone National Park had to experience first-hand that it is better not to get too close to bison. As she approached the animal, she was suddenly teased.

A visit with bitter consequences: In Yellowstone National Park in the USA, a 25-year-old woman was pierced by a bison and thrown into the air. The woman approached the animal to within a few meters on Monday, as the park operators announced. The bison then impaled the woman from the US state of Ohio and threw her about three meters into the air.

The young woman suffered a stab wound and other injuries and was then taken to the hospital by the park’s ambulance service. “This is the first reported incident in 2022 where someone threatened a bison (by getting too close to the animal) and the bison responded to the threat by spearing the individual,” it said. The incident will be investigated.

“Bisons have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal”

The park operators reiterated the warning not to get too close to the animals: “Bisons have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run three times as fast as humans.”

It is also essential to keep a distance of 25 meters to other large animals such as moose, bighorn sheep, deer and coyotes, and a distance of 100 meters to bears and wolves: “If necessary, turn around and go in the other direction.”

Sources: “CNN”, “NPS”, with DPA material